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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 113m 32s

Release date 01/01/2013

BBFCInsight Contains natural disaster scenes, moderate injury detail and brief nudity

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) J. A. Bayona

Cast includes Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Geraldine Chaplin, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Marta Etura, Sonke Mohring

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 22/12/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE IMPOSSIBLE is a drama based on the true story of a family who were caught up in the 2004 tsunami. It is rated 12A for natural disaster scenes, moderate injury detail and brief nudity.

There is sight of the tsunami breaking over the beach and the holiday resort in which the family are staying. Although people and property are seen being washed away, there is little detail. A woman and her son are seen struggling in the water before being reunited. Later in the film, the woman relives her earlier experience when she is anaesthetised before an operation. During her flashback, she sinks through bloody water and there is some sight of floating corpses.

There is occasional sight of injuries. In one scene, a woman's bloody leg wound and a deep cut under her breast are seen. There are also scenes showing a woman in hospital vomiting as a woman in the next bed briefly vomits blood. There is some sight of bleeding and injured tsunami victims. However, there is no emphasis on injuries or blood as the camera is often moving or the scenes are filmed in long-shot rather than close-up.

THE IMPOSSIBLE also contains some brief natural nudity, including sight of a dazed and naked man wandering down a road, followed by sight of a naked woman's corpse. There is also brief sight of a woman's exposed breast after she has been injured and her dress is dislodged.

There are several scenes showing distressed or bereaved people.

There is infrequent use of mild bad language (eg 'hell').

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.


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