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The Wave (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Much like its addled protagonist, The Wave struggles to stay on target, but Justin Long's performance helps this pleasantly offbeat sci-fi fantasy find its way.

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Frank (Justin Long), an opportunistic insurance lawyer, thinks he's in for the time of his life when he goes out on the town to celebrate an upcoming promotion with his co-worker, Jeff. But their night takes a turn for the bizarre when Frank is dosed with a hallucinogen that completely alters his perception of the world, taking him on a psychedelic quest through board meetings, nightclubs, shootouts, and alternate dimensions. As Frank ping-pongs between reality and fantasy, he finds himself on a mission to find a missing girl, himself... and his wallet.

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (7)

Smash together bits of Martin Scorsese's "After Hours," Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and an episode of the old TV show "Scrubs"...and you might get "The Wave," an appealingly ambitious debut feature from director Gille Klabin.

January 30, 2020

A punchy and visually arresting calling card that announces the arrival of the filmmaker's bold style.

January 23, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4

I found myself really impressed by this movie. It's a first feature and has a lot of ambition to it... You come out of this going "that movie is good, but that director is going to be great."

January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a movie designed to replicate the confusion of its protagonist, but ultimately reflects the confusion of everyone who made it.

January 17, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This fever dream feels more derivative than distinctive, entertaining and eventful as it is. Still, it's a well-cast, well-crafted stab at something offbeat...

January 17, 2020 | Full Review…

By the time a now lucid Frank finally acknowledges the cryptic messages that have been relentlessly swirling around him, "The Wave's" giddy effect comes crashing down where viewer involvement is concerned.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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