Synopsis: Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger, collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.
Tagline: It was only a matter of time.
Release Date: 2015-8-28 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Trailer: The Wave
The Wave Review
The Wave is a good disaster film that manages to buck some established trends and prove it can still be entertaining. This is a movie about a disaster, but it’s not end of the world – or even end of the country. Its set in a fairly small area, one where there’s no convenient national monuments to destroy. The husband and wife are in a loving relationship. The kids aren’t rebellious and mouthy. There’s no slow build-up where time is taken for witty dialogue between characters that are going to die five minutes in, etc. It’s nice, just seeing it done a bit different.
A budget of approximately 6.5 million US dollars was kind of surprising. I have a feeling the majority of the money went to the massive tsunami creation. That’s not a criticism, but simply something that makes sense as the rest of the movie was so small-scale. At 105 minutes, it’s almost short for a disaster movie. It’s my opinion that it’s the perfect length. The actual destruction from the wave only takes up a small portion of the time. Most of it is before, and dealing with the aftermath.
That’s not to say this is a fantastic film, because it’s not. However, it’s nothing big that makes me say this. Mainly there was a bit at the end where I would have appreciated them going one way, but they went another. The originality is fairly low (though, of course, it wasn’t meteors or a new fault line, so yay! ). It’s also fairly easy to look away from. I definitely enjoyed watching it, but it didn’t hold every bit of my attention.
I’ve seen a few Norwegian films at this point, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Their budgets might not be as big as the blockbuster American films, but the acting and directing is a ton better. I’m sure there’s some stinkers that I’ve yet to see, there always is. But overall, I’m impressed. The Wave is available on Amazon. I’d highly suggest you give it a try. (And this should be obvious, but just in case… you need to turn on the subtitles for this movie.)