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The Wave(Bølgen)

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Norway · 2015
Rated R · 1h 44m
Director Roar Uthaug
Starring Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande
Genre Action, Drama, Thriller

Geologist Kristian Eikjord is working his final day in Geiranger, a Norwegian tourist destination, when an avalanche hits. The rockslide that crashes into the fjord creates a gigantic tsunami 260ft tall that roars towards Geiranger, threatening to wipe clean the village and everyone in it.

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Slant Magazine by

It sketches an imperiled family worth caring about, but any goodwill is soon weathered by wave after wave of contrivance following the initial town-leveling event.


Screen International by David D'Arcy

It’s a jolting race against time when the wave gathers steam far away, as implacable as the tsunami in Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter, minus the pop metaphysics .


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Though they have little to add to familiar genre themes, Uthaug and the screenwriters make the most of the unique location, which lends itself to jaw-dropping vistas from every camera angle.


New York Post by Kyle Smith

The Wave, competent as it is, lacks the heart-rending power of the similar 2012 tsunami movie “The Impossible.”


Variety by Peter Debruge

The Wave sticks mostly to the big-studio formula (albeit on a much smaller budget), introducing a handful of bland soon-to-be-victims before bombarding them with spectacular digital effects.


Boston Globe by Peter Keough

It follows the lead of more recent Hollywood disaster movies like “2012” and “The Impossible.” It features just one family; everyone else is part of the scenery.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

You’ll want to catch The Wave because it’s fun to see Hollywood disaster movie cliches rendered in Norwegian.

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