ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY PREMIERE The Impossible★★★★ 9.00-11.15pm C4
Though a fan of disaster movies, I approached this only partially fictionalised account of the real-life 2004 Boxing Day tsunami with a degree of trepidation. Part of the vicarious fun of The Poseidon Adventure or Armageddon is that they’re not real; the tsunami killed around 230,000 people and the story on which this movie focuses actually happened to the holidaying Alvarez-Belon family from Spain. They are magically English in director Juan Antonio Bayona’s ambitious re-creation of the tidal wave itself and the waterlogged aftermath, when mum Naomi Watts, severely injured, is separated with her eldest son (a brilliant Tom Holland) from husband Ewan McGregor and the other children. Their fraught search to reunite drives the Hollywood-style narrative. The flood is created partly by CGI but also through use of water tanks, and it shows. It’s a harrowing experience, but well made, and you will particularly feel the pain of an Oscar-nominated Watts.
If you love Arnie doing what he does best – which, arguably, isn’t being the governor of California – then you’ll love this movie, his first after bowing out of politics. He plays a cop who comes up against a Mexican drug lord.
Harrison Ford and Sean Connery make an unlikely but effective comedy double-act in the third instalment of the tomb-raiding franchise, 19 years before Spielberg blew the cobwebs off for The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (showing tomorrow).