Based on the true life events of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Indonesia and killed over 200,000 people, Hollywood has decided to make a film called The Impossible that stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as wealthy European tourists caught in the disaster. If I can summarize this film in a nutshell, it would be: “A touching film starring white people who survive while seeing the poor dying brown people around them and realize how fragile life is.”
As usual, there is the trend that with white actors in leading roles about saving non-white people in disastrous situations, you have a guaranteed major distribution. However, if it’s from the perspective of the non-white folks that are afflicted, it is typically relegated to art house statuses and ethnic film festivals.
Don’t get me wrong, this film does look touching and most likely it will be Oscar bait since there’s nothing like a good ol’ heart tugging film about human resilience in the face of disaster, even if the major faces all just happen to be white.