The Wave (Bolgen)2016
The Wave (Bolgen) (2016)
Critic Consensus: Well-acted and blessed with a refreshingly humanistic focus, The Wave is a disaster film that makes uncommonly smart use of disaster film clichés.
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The Wave is a small-town Norwegian disaster movie writ satisfyingly large.
More than anything, The Wave's ability to sustain tension out of its tired scenario makes it even more impressive than its Me Decade ancestors.
The whole thing is pure formula. But The Wave, which was Norway's official entry for the Academy Awards, makes it work anyway.
The movie works; the setting feels grandly unfamiliar, and the aftermath of the wave, with its elemental mix of water and fire, seems like a plausible vision of Hell.
Something like The Wave is indeed a rarity - without skimping on the spectacle that glues eyeballs to the screen, it takes the time to develop its characters.
Audience Reviews for The Wave (Bolgen)
I saw the trailer for this at the Cleveland Cinematheque several months before I found it streaming. It had me on the edge of my seat and gripping the arms with white knuckles. This Norwegian thriller about a tourist town and one particular broken family is in the style of a classic disaster flick. The cliches are there, but recombined in a smart way. The human drama involved in surviving impossible odds and reconnecting with lost loved ones works as a gripping and heart tugging film. The effects are completely believable and will get the blood pumping.
Deftly bettering a thousand typical Hollywood disaster flicks, The Wave offers up genuinely good characterisation and intelligent writing AND delivers on spectacle. Gorgeous photography, impressive CGI and what at least sounds like coherent science combine to make a really excellent film. The central performances are more than solid and the story beats work well. Finally, and it's a minor point, but it is the only film I can think of seeing (at least in immediate memory) where a very specific human behaviour occurs when someone panics and is convinced they may drown. Just one of the small moments that really impressed me. Bravo.
With some very fine acting, "The Wave" is of that unique brand of disaster film that is actually quite harrowing.
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