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Review: Epic 'Impossible' brings 2004 tsunami back to life with family's story

3:34 PM, Jan. 8, 2013
THE IMPOSSIBLE (2012) (L to R) SAMUEL JOSLIN, OAKLEE PENDERGAST, TOM HOLLAND, EWAN McGREGOR and NAOMI WATTS star in
THE IMPOSSIBLE (2012) (L to R) SAMUEL JOSLIN, OAKLEE PENDERGAST, TOM HOLLAND, EWAN McGREGOR and NAOMI WATTS star in
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It begins with a disaster, a huge one witnessed not from a distance, not via the safety of a TV news report, but up close and personal.

The horror of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 is made intimate, so awful that you recoil from the screen, ducking as tree limbs and shards of debris are hurled at you and the onscreen victims in "The Impossible." The effect is akin to being stuffed into a washing machine filled with brown water and about 400 things that can poke, puncture, slice and lacerate you.

Then, stripped, battered, injured and doomed to infection, you try to save yourself and then others. You ...

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