Release Date: March 4th.
Written by: John Kåre Raake and Harald Rosenløw-Eeg.
Directed by: Roar Uthaug.
Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torpe, and Fridtjov Såheim.
We're absolute suckers for a good disaster movie around here. Movies like San Andreas, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact, Twister, etc... are crazy enjoyable in their spectacle. Now, they may not be the best movies, and we could certainly rip them apart as far as plot and characterization go, but there's just something about a big, destructive disaster set piece that makes us smile.
That said, while The Wave may be a smaller disaster movie, it packed every bit as much of a punch as it's bigger-scale Hollywood brethren do, and to be honest, was a better overall experience that a vast majority of them.
The one rub on this movie, especially for potential U.S. viewers, is that it's a Norwegian film, which means that subtitles will be required for those who want to watch it, and don't speak the language. I'm so used to subtitles at this point that I use them when I watch English language movies and TV shows, but there are plenty of people out there who view subtitles as a nuisance, and just won't watch a subbed movie. While people all over the world watch American movies with subtitles all the time, here in the U.S., getting people to watch a subtitled movie is a harder sell for some reason.
I urge you to put aside your fears and jump on the subtitle bandwagon though, as there really is a world full of fantastic film out there waiting to be discovered by we of the English speaking audiences, if we'd just give them a chance. Movies like The Wave.
|I WOULDN'T WANT TO LEAVE THAT VIEW EITHER.|
And then the mountain shifts, there's a landslide, and the warning siren sounds.
|YEAH, YOU SHOULD RUN.|
Heart-quickening insanity ensues.
|10 MINUTES TO LIVE. BETTER GET A MOVE ON.|
It makes me wonder how Hollywood can constantly release big, bloated action flicks that cost $100-$200 million, and yet the always seem to lack substance. Heart, even.
This is a technically gorgeous movie, its visuals looking like something that a movie of a smaller budget like this shouldn't be able to afford. It doesn't hurt that the Norwegian landscape is so breathtakingly beautiful, but the way that they captured it on film was extra impressive.
|SHE'S NOT IMPRESSED THOUGH.|
We're not familiar with a lot of the actors in this movie, because they've mainly starred in Scandinavian projects that we just don't have access to, but we can say that Kristoffer Joner is a hell of an actor. We've seen him in movies like Naboer (review HERE), Hidden (review HERE), and Red Snow: Red vs.Dead (review HERE), and he's been great in all of them. In The Wave, he pulled the emotion right out of us playing the father who is trying to save his family, and we really liked seeing him play the hero for a change. If Norway has their own movie awards, I have to imagine that he'd get a nod for his work here. He was that good.
|ALL THE FEELS.|
|NICE JOB, GANG.|
Rent it, and enjoy.
The Wave is available now on VOD.
Ane Dahl Torpe is in this.