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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Talk about a ticking clock: "The Wave" takes place in a scenic Norwegian town that would be wiped off the map in the span of ten minutes in the event of an avalanche. The film impresses with its gorgeously rendered and photorealistic scenes of destruction, though it must be said that the filmmakers are far more interested in the characters' struggles to survive the aftermath than they are the disaster imagery.
Serviceable formulaic thriller that coasts on its familiar shape and rhythms. There are many issues of sloppy pacing, rushed buttons, unclear geography and the like that speak to a filmmaker still learning to be a visual storyteller, though I sense the passion is there. For example, the ruined set design and ambient lighting does add some dynamism.
Norway takes on Hollywood disaster cinema with this homegrown thriller that delivers not only on effects but on a human story that is involving for the audience as well. Like it's tinseltown brethren there are logic gaps and contrivances but they don't take away from the enjoyment factor. Kristoffer Joner is dynamite as the determined father and geologist and supporting cast strong. Hollywood will be courting,
This fiction about a Norwegian family trying to survive a destructive 300-foot tsunami caused by the collapse of a bulky mountain fragment into a fjord, provides us with one or two unsettling moments but never breathes the indispensable fresh air to avoid being considered a standard. (2.5 stars)
Decent. Nothing special or out of the ordinary about 'The Wave' except for maybe the cinematography, and the special effects (the wave itself is nightmarishly beautiful). I had high hopes for this film having seen the trailer and thought it would be a correction of all cheesy American disaster flicks, but I was extremely disappointed to find that 'The Wave' seems to have in fact been molded after those very films...↓