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177 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

Uthaug isn’t a hack – not yet, at least, though he’s been put on a forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot, so there’s plenty of time. He juggles his parallel action with alacrity, and works in some moderately clever foreshadowing – a bit involving Idun tinkering with the sink at home is later echoed in her 11th-hour rescue. But there’s little to distinguish The Wave beyond the novelty of its Nordic origins – no anarchic twinkle or, strange to say of a movie with a geologist hero, topographical alertness.
August 05, 2016
The Wave may slightly disappoint viewers who just want to see what that tsunami would look like—the film’s effects are impressive, given that it didn’t cost $100 million-plus, but the wave itself does look distinctly digital, to the point where one almost expects it to turn into a team of horses à la The Lord Of The Rings. However, director Roar Uthaug, who presumably landed the job on the basis of his awesome name, expertly orchestrates the panic that ensues when the alarm goes off.
March 03, 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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