Monday, August 15, 2016

Movie review: The Wave

Though Norwegian fjord Geiranger residents expect rocks to fall at times, they are not at all ready for an 85-meter high tsunami as a result. When geologist Kristian realizes what is about to happen he has only minutes to warn the community and get out of harms way.

Kristoffer Joner (Kristian), Ane Torp (Idun), Jonas Oftebro (Sondre), Edith Haagenrud-Sande (Julia), Fridtjov Saheim (Arvid), Laila Goody (Margot), Arthur Berning (Jacob), Herman Bernhoft (Georg),  Silje Breivik (Anna).

The Wave is a Norwegian film so step 1; check your language settings. The film is pretty mild and mundane to start with character introductions, development, and plot setup. Once things get rolling the film gets a bit more interesting with some suspense and drama, despite this being a fairly average action suspense thriller. The story finishes about as we would expect with a bit more drama and a Happy Ever After ending.

As mentioned, this was originally filmed in another language. While voiceover work was better than many, it just didn't convey emotion well and felt flat. That also makes it hard to evaluate acting, which actually felt pretty good. Joner didn't seem like a fit in his role, but he pulled it off. Torp did nicely and seemed to work well with Joner. Oftebro, Saheim, and the remainder of the cast were decent.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done with good use of natural scenery which was absolutely stunning. Action scenes and extensive CGI were reasonably well done with nice detail and a good fit. Dialogue was pretty good, though there could have been a bit more depth. Sound and soundtrack were nice.

Overall The Wave is a fairly well done disaster film, despite voiceover work and a mediocre storyline. Fans of disaster or action drama films may enjoy this one.

With some foul language and disturbing images, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 8.4.16
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Action Thriller, Dramas, Disaster film

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