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New on DVD: 'The Impossible'

04/22/2013 8:02 AM

04/23/2013 6:22 AM

DVD The Impossible: As a technical exercise, this story of one family swept away and torn apart by the 2004 tsunami that destroyed many areas in Southeast Asia is a staggering accomplishment. Director Juan Antonio Bayona plunges you into the murky depths of devastation with a dynamism that leaves you gasping for air. Unlike many other disaster movies, where acting and character development take a back seat to special effects, Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, as a British couple on a Thai holiday with their three boys, are given room to show the full range of grief and fear that would follow having to endure such terror. The problem with The Impossible is what you don't see. The Thai population -- which, in this film, seems to exist solely to assist tourists -- appears to take it all with a quiet resignation. But it shouldn't be forgotten that more than 220,000 people died in the Indonesian earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and most were not vacationers. On DVD and Blu-ray.

-- Cary Darling

Also new: Jurassic Park 3D; Gangster Squad; Any Day Now; Promised Land; The Central Park Five; Pawn; Family Weekend; Flirt

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