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176 Ratings

The Wave


Directed by Roar Uthaug
Norway, 2015
Action, Drama, Thriller


Even though awaited, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of Åkneset above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger falls out and creates a 85 meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

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The Wave Directed by Roar Uthaug

Awards & Festivals

Amanda Awards (Norway)

2016 | 2 wins including: Best Film

2016 | Best Visual Effects

The film fuses conventions of the genre — the most astonishing scenes are borrowed from the standard Hollywood model, then modified, the F/X creatively executed to achieve excellent results at far less expense — with a credible dramatized situation specific to the unique geography, culture, and mentality of a Norway that, almost overnight, has been transformed by the discovery of huge oil reserves from a relatively simple, socially progressive society to a newly rich bastion of capitalism.
March 01, 2016
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The filmmakers (the script is by John Kare Raake and Harald Rosenlow Eeg) cook up the sort of unpleasantness that turns the better disaster pictures, like this one, into nail-biters.
March 03, 2016
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Big wave, tiny town. You could fit the premise of Roar Uthaug’s modest but effective disaster film The Wave into half a nutshell. The movie, too, is dexterous and economical, a lo-fi approximation of a Hollywood blockbuster—not a drop of CGI water is wasted.
March 03, 2016
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