Hello there beautiful peeps ^_^
Today I am recommending to you a Norwegian film called The Wave. It’s a disaster movie that apparently focuses on something that could actually happen in modern day. My cousin and I watched this awhile back and today for some reason I found myself thinking about it. I looked up the trailer and thought, “you know what, this would be really cool to recommend on my blog.” When we watched it, it was on V.O.D. on my Xbox one. Which means that if it was on there you can probs find it on any other streaming service as well. For example, I recently noticed it was on Netflix too. 🙂
The movie follows Kristian Eikjord, a geologist working at the Akerneset
monitoring station. It picks up where he and his family are getting ready to leave because he had recently accepted a new job offer. Moving now from the small village of Geiranger to much bigger city of Stavanger. Right as he is getting ready to leave however, he notices some sensors shutting down. Why is that a big deal? Well because if those weren’t a technical glitch then that means an avalanche could happen. If that happens a tsunami could be triggered which will come and wipe out the entire village! O_O Meaning there are some big stakes on the line here.
What I liked right of the bat with this movie was that there wasn’t unnecessary drama. Sure some characters didn’t think he is right at first but nobody was a “bad guy” in this. The drama all came from the situation itself and less from characters arguing with each other. Instead it focused on the things you really wanna know like what exactly is happening, why, and what can be done about it? It never really deviated from those questions and I loved that. It helped keep up the overwhelming sense of doom throughout.
Then aside from that you also had another standout positive which was the protagonist himself Kristian. What made him so relatable was that he was simply an everyman. What I mean by that is that while he is good at his job he is not a super crazy genius or super hero. He is just a regular guy looking into things and trying his best to make right decisions. Which means that when he gets into a dangerous situation you feel for him because you know he could really get hurt.
A big reason for that is because the actor did a really good job at portraying all the various emotions required. In fact almost all the actors where good. Most of the heavy scenes fall on Kristian’s character though and he does a fantastic job at carrying this movie on his shoulders.. And while the side characters might not get as much to do there are some stand out moments that happen. With each of them getting little scenes/moments to shine. 🙂
In terms of production…this was filmed in Norway so you know what that means. The cinematography was beyond amazing. The location where this takes place is so beautiful it almost looks magical. Makes it feel like they could have pointed the camera literally anywhere and gotten an amazing shot. 😛 Then you have the score that helps build the tension. I don’t know if it will be memorable to you but it works in the context of the movie. A movie which doesn’t have a big budget like your typical Hollywood movie but yet somehow manages to feel like it does.
Now for what I didn’t like. I will say that aside from his daughter’s character I felt like his family’s side story was kinda meh. His son was mostly a plot device and not much of a character for me. The reason the daughter wasn’t a problem like them was because she was with Kristian most of the time and I thought they had good chemistry. It really felt like they had a father-daughter relationship.
Overall, the negatives where minor for me here and I do think you would enjoy this if you just gave it a chance. The acting by Kristoffer Jonner(Kristian) and the beautiful cinematography really elevate this beyond your typical disaster movie. Rent it or buy it you won’t go wrong by taking the time to check this out. 😀