Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in The Impossible as a couple vacationing in Thailand with their three young sons who are there when the 2004 tsunami hits. Separated but surviving, lost in a strange land, they have to find each other in the storm’s aftermath. It’s based on a true story, and the only thing that’s impossible is watching the trailer without getting a bit teary-eyed.
Sure, 45 seconds of the trailer set up the beautiful vacation spot and show the terrifying wall of water crashing into people in a pool, but the rest is all Kleenex-bait. We’ve got hands reaching toward each other, fathers finding sons, kindly locals helping the injured tourists, close-ups of little boys’ dirty faces, refugee camps and happy reunions all set to the strains of “One Love.” But if all you want to do is cry, watch 1:58–2:01 on repeat.