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The Impossible Movie Quotes

"The Impossible" movie quotes take the tragic real-life story of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Thailand and makes it personal as viewers follow one family torn apart by the deadly natural disaster. The disaster drama film was based on a true story of survival and adapted into a screenplay written by Sergio G. Sánchez. J.A. Bayona directs the film which was given a December 21, 2012, release date in the United States.

In "The Impossible," parents Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria (Naomi Watts) take their three boys, Lucas, Thomas and Simon (Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin and Oaklee Pendergast, respectively) on a tropical vacation for the 2004 Christmas holiday. They enjoy each other's company, as well as the sights and surroundings at their beachfront resort in Thailand but then the unthinkable happens. On the morning of December 26, 2004, as the family is enjoying time at the pool, a 30-foot wall of water crashes over the land, wiping out everything and everyone in its path.

When the waters settle, Henry realizes that he has been split apart from his family. He finds sons Thomas and Simon but wife Maria and son Lucas are nowhere to be found. In another location, Maria and Lucas cling to a floating log together in the high waters, wondering where the rest of their family is and if they're alive. The film continues as the two sides try desperately to find each other in the chaotic environment that remains.

"The Impossible" is sure to spark emotions, especially with a release so close to the holidays. For something a bit less heavy, instead check out "Killing Them Softly," "Hitchcock," "Skyfall," "Lincoln," "Flight," "Playing for Keeps," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Anna Karenina," "This Must Be the Place," "Cloud Atlas," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," "The Sessions," "Red Dawn," "Chasing Mavericks," "Rise of the Guardians," "Argo," and "Looper."

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    We Can Go Swimming?


    Henry: "Boys, come and see this. Isn't it great?"
    Simon: "Dad, can we swim in there?"
    Henry: "Yeah, we can go swimming, yeah"

    As the family arrives at their tropical resort, son Simon asks if they will be swimming. At that point none of them had any idea that very soon that beautiful resort would be washed away by a tragedy.

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    Get The Boys


    Maria: "Hey, get the boys!"
    Henry: "Lucas!"
    Lucas: "Dad!"

    In these split seconds, everything changes for the resort town and everyone there as a giant tsunami washes away everything on the shore. A scary and hectic situation for any involved is further complicated in that the family members are split apart in the aftermath.

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    I'm Scared


    Lucas: "I'm always a brave kid, mom, but I'm scared."
    Maria: "I'm scared too."

    Moments after the tsunami washes away everything in its path, Maria and Lucas come together and cling to a log floating in the water. Lucas knows he's a brave kid but this has him scared, his mother too.

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    I Knew I Wasn't On My Own


    Thomas: "I'm scared"
    Henry: "I know, I know. I'm scared too but do you know, the most scary bit for me?"
    Thomas: "When the water hit?"
    Henry: "No, after that, when I came up and I was all on my own. That was the scariest part. Then I saw the two of you, clinging to that tree, I didn't feel so scared anymore because I knew I wasn't on my own. What if mommy and Lucas are on their own right now? Hmm? Imagine how scared they'll be."
    Thomas: "We'll look for them together."
    Henry: "No"
    Thomas: "You can't…"
    Henry: "Thomas, no, you have to look after Simon and I'm gonna keep looking for them. Okay? Okay?"

    Finding himself split from his wife and one son, Henry tries his best to settle his other son Thomas. While Thomas wants to go looking for the rest of their family, Henry reminds him the importance of staying with brother Simon instead.

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    We Have To Help That Boy


    Maria: "Wait, did you hear that?"
    Lucas: "Mom, there's nothing we can do."
    Maria: "Wait"
    Lucas: "We are almost there but we have to get to safety."
    Maria: "No, we have to help that boy."
    Lucas: "If a wave catches us down here, we will die! We have to climb that tree right now."
    Maria: [Yells] "Where are you?"
    Lucas: "Mom, look at you. We need help! We can't risk it mom. Come on."
    Maria: "Listen, what if that boy was Simon or Thomas? What if they needed help? You'd want someone to help them, wouldn't you?"
    Lucas: "Simon and Thomas are dead!"
    Maria: "Even if it's the last thing we do…"

    Despite being in their own danger, Maria pleads with Lucas to help a boy whose screams they can hear. Lucas resists, instead urging them to find their own safety first but Maria is strong in her instincts to help when possible.

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    Go and Help People


    Maria: "Lucas, go and help people. You're good at it."

    While awaiting medical care, Maria urges son Lucas to leave her bedside and instead help others who need it. Help is exactly where Lucas shines.

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    You Can't Leave It Like That


    Henry: "Did you hear from anyone yet?"
    Family Member: "No, Henry, you're the first to call. Is everybody all right?"
    Henry: "Maria and Lucas are not here."
    Family Member: "What do you, what do you mean they're not there?"
    Henry: "The water came and swept everyone away, and I found, I found Thomas and Simon… and I don't know what to do. I don't know where to look. Lots of people need to use the phone okay? I'll call you later."
    Tourist: "You can't leave it like that. Come on."
    Henry: "It's me again. Look, I promise you that I won't stop looking until I find them, okay? I don't know what I'm going to do cause it's nighttime now but I'll look in all the hospitals and I look in all the shelters. I will find them I promise you that. I'll call you when I do."

    When Henry is given a short time to use a cell phone and call home, he is at a loss for what to do and say next. A kind tourist gives Henry a second use of the phone to pledge to the family member that he will find the rest of his loved ones.

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    Morten Benstrom


    Lucas: "You're looking for your family."
    Swedish Tourist: "Have you seen them? Actem, Morten, Joseph"
    Lucas: "I'll try and help you. Oay?"
    Swedish Tourist: "Okay"
    Lucas: "Actem Benstrom, Joseph Benstrom, anyone? Morten Benstrom?"
    Morten Benstrom: "Yeah?"
    Lucas: "Morten Benstrom from Sweden?"
    Morten Benstrom: "Yeah"
    Lucas: "I know your dad."
    Morten Benstrom: "Papa?"
    Lucas: "Yeah, your papa, he's here. I'll bring him here, okay?"

    As a child there's not much Lucas can do to help those who were affected by the tsunami but he can help family member find one another. That's exactly what he does when he helps one father find his missing son.

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    Paper Lanterns


    Everyone: "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1"
    Thomas: "Ours isn't going up!"
    Henry: "It isn't? Ours is going up."
    Thomas: "It's going a different way than all the others."
    Henry: "See, it's catching up."

    The family takes part in the ritual of launching paper lanterns into the sky. This ritual, performed in many Asian countries, including in Thailand where they are launched as a gesture to provide good luck.

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