In 1905, a tsunami devastates a small mountain town. Scientists know it will happen again - it's only a matter of when. Present day - as one man prepares to move from his hometown with his family, his worst nightmare is about to come true. The siren 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.
Riveting disaster movie
- The Wave review by Alphaville
This terrific disaster movie shows Hollywood how to do it. No stupid characters, no banal dialogue, no bad guys and no heroics. Just an ordinary family, emotionally real, fighting for their lives in an apocalyptic nightmare of a situation. A mountain is about to fall into a fjord… and it’s tourist season. The effects may not be perfect but they’re exciting enough. Following his brace of serial-killer-in-the-snow Cold Prey films, director Roar Uthaug ratchets up the tension to breaking point and delivers a gripping vision of hell.
Certainly a great story line but the ending was very "Hollywood" and too nicely sewn up. Made a change to see this type of film in the World Cinema category though. Gave it a poor star rating for the ending alone
My main reason for watching was having just been to Geiranger, which is totally awesome. It was pretty good as disaster films go, a bit too neatly tied up in the end.
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Far too serious for its own good
- The Wave review by JK
The whole point of disaster movies, especially those which give away the entire plot line in the title, is that they are meant to be formulaic and OTT bad. Trying to make a serious one (as this one is) is about as daft as making a politically correct pantomime - it just doesn't work. If you call something 'The Wave' what the hell was the audience expecting - a surf movie? Had they entitled it 'The Fjord' I might have stayed with it longer than I did assuming it to be a travelogue.
Despite all attempts to introduce twists and turns to the plot it was dull.