Years ago I sat through movies like Airport and The Towering Inferno and developed a regrettable taste for disaster movies, the more co-stars the better*. The Impossible doesn’t fit into this category, rather one that would include movies like United 93, true stories with real lives being lost. Those are much harder to sit through but can be extremely rewarding. The Impossible’s trailer makes me want to see this movie and see how exactly this family survived a tsunami that killed almost 300,000 others, but I also know I’ll watch it with a knot in my stomach.
I’d have a knot for a different reason if I went to Texas Chainsaw 3D. I have survived this long without ever seeing a Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, and I’m going to keep that stretch going, thank you very much.
Also opening this weekend is Promised Land, which stars Matt Damon and the wondrous Frances McDormand. It’s Hollywood tackling fracking and, I’m guessing, learning a lesson from salt-of-the-earth types like you and me (well, me, at least). I fear that Frances McDormand’s role will be way too secondary to make me happy, yet I’m willing to give this film a try.
* Redeeming me is the fondness I also developed for funny disaster movies, like Airplane!