Although I am a great fan of movies and media, I very rarely recommend any program or selection. However, I recently watched a movie that so touched my heart that I felt the need to pass along a recommendation.
‘The Impossible’ stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. It is the true story of a family who endured the 2004 Southeast Asian Tsunami that literally killed hundreds of thousands of people.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard about this catastrophe. I had just landed in Salt Lake City and was standing at the baggage claim of the airport. I remember watching the news reports and marveling at a natural disaster of this magnitude. Yet, I am sorry to say that after that I gave it little thought except for the occasional donation for the millions affected.
‘The Impossible’ details the amazing journey of a family on vacation in Thailand when the water comes ashore. They are a normal family of five who endure some of the most difficult circumstances one can imagine.
The movie is very well done and there are few if any issues with profanity or mature material passed the sheer truth of the disaster and its effect on the people involved. Therefore, young children do not need to see this movie. The flood scenes alone caused me to stand up from my chair in order to watch them.
However, I wanted my teenager daughters to view the movie with us in spite of the graphic emotional trauma of the event. I would usually shield them. But, in this situation, I wanted them to see a story of great tragedy wrapped in the best expressions of the human condition.
It is rare to watch a movie that pushes at your hope for all humanity. In a world where we constantly hear of the terrible things that we can do to one another, this movie reminded me that one little spark of the Divine can cause human beings to do unbelievably big, good, compassionate things for one another.
No, there is no reference to Christianity, but you can’t watch this movie without believing one of the reason’s every corner of the globe has some religious experience is because there is a GOD whom every civilization has sought to touch and whose void we have sought to fill with something.
I’ll admit that I was in tears through most of the movie—as a parent, as a husband, and as a child of a God who did not give up on humanity’s (albeit small) glimpse of His image in each of us.
So, if you are looking for something that will put you on the edge of your seat and push you to the edge of your soul.... try The Impossible.
Blessings, my friends.
Be Salt and Light... You Matter.
Mt. 5: 13-16
Shane Stanford is a pastor, teacher and author committed to sharing the hope of Jesus Christ with the world.