The Impossible (1/3) …a story of selfless love.

Dear Reader,

A friend invited me to watch The Impossible, a true story about a family who survived the biggest tsunami that hit the Coast of South East Asia in 2004.

(warning: this post contains spoiler. i hope you don’t mind^^)

Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts), her husband, Henry (Ewan McGregor), and their three children, Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin), and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast), went to Khao Lak, Thailand for their Christmas holidays. They were all outside at the swimming pool when the tsunami hit. Before they could do anything to save themselves, they got separated by the force of the giant wave.

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At first, I was simply shocked by the sudden action and suspense when Maria was struggling in the water and getting injured by tree branches(?) and many random objects which I couldn’t see because the water was dirty. But when she found her eldest son, Lucas, I was really moved by how they tried to save each other. Maria was shouting to Lucas to hold on to the concrete pillar(?), but when Lucas saw her mom being carried away by the strong current of water, he jumped out again in the water to save her mom.

Later when they finally got out of the muddy water, Lucas saw her mom’s severe wounds bleeding. I was sure that they could both feel their body aching, but Maria did not realize how badly injured she was because she was more concerned for her son’s safety.

And then, they heard a child crying for help. Lucas was saying that they couldn’t risk searching for the child; they would die if another wave hit them. I was sure that he said those things because he was very worried about her mom’s condition. But Maria asked Lucas, “What if it’s Simon or Thomas shouting for help?” She insisted they they must search for the child even if it’s the last thing they would do. And they found him, Daniel.

What Maria did was admirable. I wish all mothers are like her who knows how to teach her children to be good and to help those who are in need.

They walked further and found a big tree. They decided to climb up as it would be safer there. Daniel and Lucas climbed up first, but Maria couldn’t move further due to her injured leg. Maria ordered Lucas to stay and to just wait for her, but when she figured it was really impossible, she accepted her son’s help. Lucas came down to lift her mom up. It was very difficult for him as her mom is much heavier than him. At this part, I was already shedding buckets of tears.

Soon, rescuers came.

(to be continued)

Kristine G. Veneracion

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