The first thing to know about "How I Live Now" is that it is set in a dystopia, not a utopia. What starts out as a teen-ager's cry against the world, manifested in Goth style, ends up in a state of totalitarian and environmental and personal degradation.
Remember news coverage of the December 26th, 2004 tsunami that struck Southeast Asia and the inconceivable devastation it wrought. Spanish director Juan Antonia Bayona’s “The Impossible” takes the experiences of one British family as a way to represent that tragedy with terrifying realism. More astonishing, the film tells the true story of the Spanish Belon family.