The first English-language trailer has surfaced for The Impossible, the latest film from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona, who made a splash in 2007 with his impressive Guillermo Del Toro-produced ghost story The Orphanage. This film deals with an entirely different type of fear, telling the true story of a family on vacation in Thailand in 2004 when the devastating tsunami rips them apart. Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star as parents struggling to reunite their family, and both look as reliable as ever here. We’ve previously seen some promising Spanish-language trailers which depicted the sobering dread of the disaster, but this trailer focuses instead on the inspirational true story, and it looks appropriately haunting and emotional without feeling exploitative or sugercoated. The Impossible certainly looks a whole lot better than Clint Eastwood’s The Hereafter — it’s obvious point of comparison — and it could be an awards contender at the year’s end.
Following its TIFF premiere, The Impossible opens limited in the US on December 21 and January 24 in NZ. Watch the trailer below (via The Playlist).
Watch the Spanish-language teaser and theatrical trailers for The Impossible below.