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Naomi Watts made “The Impossible” work. Her performance elevated a role that could easily become melodramatic and trite. Any female actor can play the part of survivor of a natural calamity, and there have been countless disaster movies, most of which also ended in disaster, certainly not the box office catastrophe but the other kind. Disaster movies are dime a dozen and they often reel in the big bucks, but in terms of performance, very few disaster movies become award worthy.
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It is also interesting to note that the characters were made British than Spanish, considering the story was based on the real experiences of a Spanish family. The reason for the changes is left for us critics to ponder. Still, the movie captures the central core of family love that transcend ethnicity.