The Wave (2015)
Directed By: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande, Fridtjov Såheim, Thomas Bo Larsen
Synopsis: The movie depicts a future event in Møre og Romsdal in which the Åkerneset crevasse collapses, creating an avalanche resulting in an 80 meter tall tsunami that destroys everything in its path.
Review: I caught this movie last week, I hadn’t seen or heard of it before, but I was wanting to watch a disaster movie and this was my ultimate choice.
The movie was shot in Norway so as you can imagine the scenery was truly stunning and had you in complete awe everytime there was a wide pan of mountains, forest areas and an open lake. It was truly breathtaking.
I had read director Roar Uthaug was a fan of Twister and Armageddon. His goal was to make a disaster movie paying homage to the genre but having it set in Norway. His result is incredible, the movie was better than any of the Hollywood disaster movies, it was a nail biting on the edge of your seat emotional ride. We find out that the mountain will collapse without warning and from the second it goes the town has ten seconds to evacuate. Once this moment happens the movie kicks it up into suspenseful territory. I found myself glued to the screen.
My overall opinion of the movie would be to definetly check it out. It surpasses any of the Hollywood disaster movies by far. The special effects were truly outstanding. The tsunami scene was so haunting, hearing the tsunami approaching sticks in my head as you could hear the clashes of rock, cars and debris approaching in the darkness before the crash of water hit. Truly chilling and suspenseful. I would recommend this movie to anyone. Which I have been doing.
Added bonus brownie point is the actors done all their own stunts, lead man Kristoffer Joner trained with free-diving instructors to be able to hold his breath for three minutes underwater for the finale of the movie.
I am looking forward to watching the follow up movie ‘The Quake’