The Impossible true story is an incredible tale of one family's survival in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. Spanish filmmaker J. A. Bayona directed the movie, which resulted in one Academy Award nomination and a box office performance that quadrupled the $45 million budget. The Impossible features Tom Holland in his debut live-action movie role and includes terrifying survival sequences, but it is the heart of the movie that makes it so emotionally resonant. The story of The Impossible real family inspired the amazing story while the movie also took some liberties with certain aspects.