I have been wanting to see this for ages and the only thing that has been holding me back, is that it’s subtitled…
Which is not a very good reason. But, as someone who reads A LOT, I don’t feel like reading my movies too. Anyway, my curiosity got the best of me and I absolutely love disaster movies. Just as I love apocalyptic, dystopian books (Hmm, is that weird?).
First, I learned something about Netflix. You know how you can choose your language settings for subtitles? Well, you can also choose it for audio (I know, I’m slow). I put on the English audio and it ruined the film. It took away all of the realistic background noises. All those little nuances that help you immerse yourself into a film. So, I went back to subtitles and settled in.
The Wave/ Bølgen (2015)
Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.
Director: Roar Uthaug
Rating/ Runtime: R 1hr 45
First impression? The parts of the country that this movie is filmed in, are so heartachingly beautiful, you need to see this if only for that reason. Seriously, the vistas will make you pause long enough to search for your passport and start googling Norwegian vacations. Once you find out there is no way you can afford a spontaneous trip to Norway, you’ll settle back in to watch a surprisingly good movie.
I say surprisingly because though the views require no movie magic whatsoever, it is obvious that this movie had a small budget. Not in a bad way, but you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it. And because it has an “indie” sized budget, you will be asking yourself, “How are they going to pull off this huge tsunami without it looking like Sharknado?”
The answer is, I don’t know but they did and it’s pretty cool!
Everything about The Wave is pretty cool. The acting is decent, the storyline is good and the action is captivating. The fact that this is a true reality in many parts of the country, makes it that much more fascinating. You will wonder why people build towns near such unstable parts of the mountains, though having that view outside my window would make me consider it as well.
I quite enjoyed this film and I think you should really watch it, if you haven’t already.