'The Impossible' Trailer Brings Terrifying Tsunami To Life

The Impossible

We're just coming up for air and a fresh wad of tissues after checking out the first domestic and emotionally powerful new trailer for J.A. Bayona's latest film "The Impossible."

The film stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as parents who take their three boys on vacation to Southeast Asia in 2004. If that timing sends up any warning signs, it's for a good reason. This is the true story of that family's struggle to survive and then find each other after a tsunami hit their resort.

The U.S. trailer went online over at Apple yesterday, but you can check out an embed after the jump!

The official synopsis follows below.

Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan 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.

"The Impossible" opens on December 21.

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