The wave

The wave

Blu-ray Disc - 2016 | Norwegian
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The experienced geologist Kristian Eikfjord has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family, when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes in the underground. Kristian gets worried and his worst nightmare is about to come true, when the alarm goes off and the disaster is inevitable. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many as possible including his own family.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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This thrilling disaster film doubles as a warning to Norwegian residents about the perils of living along unstable mountain fjords.

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May 17, 2020

With a firm scientific base (such tragedies have happened in Norway already), Roar Uthaug’s CGI-laded disaster flick—a Scandinavian first—certainly delivers on the tension and waterlogged destruction starting with a few ominous rumbles reminiscent of 1974’s "Earthquake" followed by a topsy-turvy aftermath played out on sets resembling a landlocked "Poseidon Adventure". In fact just about every aspect of his film is lifted directly from the Disaster Film Handbook: the sceptical experts, the hysterical townsfolk, and the separated family struggling to find each other in the ensuing chaos. But one can’t fault him for simply following the rules, for aside from that awesome wall of water practically leaping off the screen these are the conventions and small manipulations fans of the genre expect. Where the movie failed, at least for me, was in the stretches it wanted us to accept, most notably a ridiculously unlikely rescue and reunion. Add to that a couple of head-scratchers (when you’re treading water in a flooded room do you really want to get the lights working by reaching for the fuse box?) and you have a thriller with one foot in the drink and the other waving about in the clouds. Unfortunately I can’t stretch that far.

Feb 02, 2020

Really sensational CGI for the wave, clearly the highpoint of the movie. Norwegians do really lame, ill-considered things when confronted by peril, any Swede will tell you that! There is a sequel titled "The QUAKE" which also has breathtaking effects and silly behavior, which I, unfortunately, watched first but go for it!

ArapahoeSarahD Dec 03, 2019

If you're tired of the regular old disaster movies about volcanoes, tornadoes and hurricanes, get ready for a natural disaster you probably never considered! This foreign film will leave you loving the characters and wishing it weren't based on a true story.

Mar 28, 2019

Great Film !

Feb 25, 2019

This Norwegian take on a disaster film is refreshing -- much, much better than anything that Hollywood has given the world lately. Still, it didn't quite measure up to the previews/trailers. And, how many ways are there to tell the story of an apocalyptic natural disaster?

Jan 27, 2019

I found this to be a quite effective thriller. Part of it is the script has the right amount of suspense. Part of it is a geologist I know has assured me that the realism of the big effect sequence - those who have seen the film will know what one I mean - has some reality to it. The build up is good. The performances are good. All in all it is a worthy watch.

Jan 27, 2019

I enjoyed this movie: no coarse language, sex or nudity.
This is a must-see for anyone who's been on a Norway cruise, visited Norway, or planning to visit Norway.

Sep 03, 2018

What a thrilling, edge of your seat, awesome thriller! Watched it dubbed and glad I did ...I think if I had to read the sub-titles... I think I wouldn't have be absorbed in the movie as much as I did. FANTASTIC!

Dec 17, 2017

Directed by Roar Uthaugt in 2015, this Norwegian disaster drama tells about the rockslide that causes an 80 meter tall tsunami, which will destroy anything in its direction.
Although the visual effects appear great, the story seems unbelievable.
Under such circumstances, it's impossible for the family could survive the tsunami.
You definitely need a willing suspension of disbelief.

Dec 06, 2017

A great movie

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Jul 15, 2016

Intro from old newsreel:
The rock slide on January 15, 1905, surprised the villagers while they were sound asleep. The rock slide occurred in Lodalen in Nordfjord. The result was a massive tsunami that killed 63 people. The wave swept across Lake Loen and was 40 meters high when it hit land. It's been 58 years since the Tafjord rock slide (1934.) We have registered 300 unstable mountainsides in Norway today. It's only a matter of time before the next big rock slide. Geiranger is now threatened by what could be a new Tafjord disaster. Out along the fjord lies Åkerneset. gigantic, unstable mountainside that will fall someday. Seven million cubic meters of rock will crash into the fjord <i>creating a massive tsunami. Nowhere are the crevices as active as at Åkerneset. The question is: Can people in the area be warned in time?


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