Source: News United http://www.newsunited.com/norway-s-oscar-entry-the-wave-b-news/18509443/
Director: Roar Uthaug
Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Fridtjov Såheim
The Wave, or Bølgen, is a Norwegian film making its International Premiere at TIFF. Directed by Roar Uthaug, it’s a heart racing entertaining thriller that pits humankind against its fiercest foe, nature. The film is the first Scandinavian disaster movie ever made and sets the bar high by bringing some originality to the genre without breaking the rules.
Half the truth can be more convincing than a full lie. You can deny Vampires, ware wolfs, and zombie’s, but the power of nature is a reality humans live with every day. The Wave begins by pulling you in with real life footage of the after math of a tsunami that hit Geiranger village, located in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, when Åkerneset Mountain partially collapsed into the neighboring fjord. The mountain is expected to collapse again and is currently being monitored by a warning centre. The movie is set in the beautiful and scenic Geiranger village and the protagonist Geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) works with the Geiranger’s warning centre. The film begins as Kristian, his wife Idun (Ane Dahl Torp), and their son Sondre (Jonas Hoff Oftebro) and daughter Julia (Edith Haagenrud-Sande) prepare to move away to be closer to his new prestigious job with the oil company. On his moving day, Kristian begins to suspect that there will be a collapse when the warning system alerts the centre that the mountain may be moving. Before he can convince anyone of his suspicions, the mountain collapses, giving the village only 10 minutes to escape.
While the history helps to draw the audience in, the visuals, affects, and actors performances hold you until the end. There are no wasted moments, every scene and gesture is relevant and helps to provide a smooth transition that is easy to follow. An unexpected, but welcomed, surprise is that the male lead, Kristian, is not the only hero. He ends up sharing the responsibility with his wife, Idun, who helps to organize the evacuation and goes to great lengths to protect and save her own family members, including Kristian. The Wave is a blockbuster in Norway, the only Norwegian film nominated for an Oscar this year, and a must see for any thrill seeker. I give the film 4 out of 5 stars.