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"The Impossible" - story of survival of the 2004 Thailand tsunami

We will be attending the 7:20 showing of "The Impossible" at the Harvard Exit Theater located on Capitol Hill. This film is based on the true story of a family that was vacationing in Thailand when the 2004 tsunami roared though Southeast Asia killing hundreds of thousands of people in its path. Here is a description of the film taken from Landmark Theatres' website:

"A powerful story based on one family's survival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, The Impossible stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage). Maria (Watts), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her. Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart."

Here is a short preview of this film:

The Impossible - trailer

"The Impossible" has a 78 rating at; here is a link to that web site where you can read or scan all of the reviews to see if this film is for you:

tomatometer - The Impossible

Meet me in the lobby of the Harvard Exit at 7:00. We will then find our seats in the UPSTAIRS screening room. I will be outside the upstairs screening room until approximately five minutes before the program starts to direct late comers to the area where most of us are seated.

I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a hat of some type (beret, black rain hat, Russian fake fur hat if it is really cold that day). There is a head shot of me in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look.

At the completion of the film (i.e., after all of the credits have been shown) there will be an optional food and beverage stop at a nearby cafe or restaurant. Please meet me in the lobby of the theater where we will regroup and plan our refreshment stop.

If you are interested in having a light meal before seeing this film meet me at 5:30 in the DeLuxe Bar and Grill which is just a few store fronts from the Harvard Exit. This establishment has an interesting happy hour food menu which ends at 6:00 pm. Here is the menu:

happy hour menu

George Liu







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  • Natalie B.

    This film was brilliant - intense, emotional, and well acted by all. As George mentioned, it's really disapointing that this film hasn't gotten more attention in the awards arena.

    January 14, 2013

  • George L.

    This is a Spanish film (iei, virtually all of the credits are to people with Hispanic names or SE Asia names rather than American or British names) which uses performers who speak English as their primary language. This might have been done to increase the market for the film. The sequence of the mother and son being swept away in the tsunami was harrowing and well done (I read the credit to see who created this sequence) as was the rest of the film. Not to be missed. Folks at the post-film discussion wondered why The Impossible was not nominated for more Academy Awards. For example, why is Silver Living Playbook nominated for "best film" and not this one?

    January 13, 2013

  • Devi T.

    Intense and harrowing, brilliantly acted by Naomi Watts and the whole cast, especially the kids

    January 13, 2013

  • Julie

    I have and extra ticket if anyone needs one! I'll be at the Deluxe beforehand. Let me know if you want it!

    January 12, 2013

    • Jim


      January 12, 2013

    • Jim

      julie if you still have the ticket i am interested

      January 12, 2013

  • George L.

    Nancy and Leslie: I am sorry to report that the Harvard Exit is opening "Rust and Bone" this Friday and they are moving "The Impossible" to the upstairs screening room. Can we assist you with the stairs?

    Susan: tickets for the January showing currently are not available for purchase on-line but they should be soon. The showing is not sold out.

    January 8, 2013

    • susan

      Thank you George

      January 8, 2013

    • susan

      Due to the icy condition, I will not attend the show tonight.

      January 12, 2013

  • George L.

    If you are committed to seeing "The Impossible" this Saturday, January 12, at 7:00 (showing begins at 7:20) you might consider purchasing your ticket ahead of time. The upstairs screening room at the Harvard Exit is small and the film is only in its 2nd week. On the other hand I do not know how much demand there has been for this film so the showing might not be a sell out. Here is the link for on-line ticket purchases:

    January 11, 2013

    • George L.

      I called the theater on Friday (1/11) night and they said that no showing of this film has been a sell out since the film opened last week. Most likely tickets will be available at the box office.

      1 · January 11, 2013

  • susan

    First time to join meetups. Where do I buy the tickets?

    January 7, 2013

  • Leslie C.

    Does anyone know which theater this movie is in? I can only go if it's in the lower theater.

    January 7, 2013

  • George L.

    Debbie: ask your question again in the middle of next week at which time the Harvard Exit box office staff can tell me how ticket sales have been for the past week.

    January 3, 2013

    • debbie

      Thanks George, I think I'll get my ticket early just to be on the safe side!

      January 4, 2013

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