The wave

The wave


DVD - 2016 | Norwegian
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The experienced geologist Kristian Eikfjord has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family, when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes in the underground. Kristian gets worried and his worst nightmare is about to come true, when the alarm goes off and the disaster is inevitable. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many as possible including his own family.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: NOR DVD FEATURE WAV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
4 3/4 in.,rda
Alternative Title: Bølgen


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Oct 15, 2017

Boring. Horrid special effects. A story that's been told too many times. A scientist who isn't listened to until it's too late. A family, each one attractive, torn apart by a natural disaster that manages to all survive and come together again at the end. Meanwhile, less appealing people around them die. One of the family members does appear to die, but is pounded back into life by another family member who yells while applying CPR "Don't you die on me! You never gave up on anything in your life!" (paraphrasing, but you get the idea)

Aug 31, 2017

Excellent, well-paced disaster film that also has a great family storyline: subtle, homey, every day conversations. A dedicated, workaholic dad is ready to transition to a swanky new oil industry job, away from his routine geologist job monitoring another possible landslide (one truly did happen back in 1905; the ensuing fjord tsunami wiped out the picturesque Norwegian town). However, intuition + experience means he picks up on the little rumbling signs that could create another tsunami that offers just 10 minutes for the town to scramble to higher ground. The parents wind up in separate locations, each with a child to protect. Especially enjoyable for the actress who plays the strong, determined mom, rather than a damsel in distress. Note: in Norwegian with English subtitles.

Aug 23, 2017

The english dub is terrible.
Watch this with the original soundtrack if you want to enjoy it at all.

Aug 03, 2017

I would rate this as so-so.
*spoiler alert*
I expected this to be less Hollywood than it was. I was rather disappointed that the main characters all survived given really insane odds. Unbelievable, also that a father would truly abandon his daughter to go on that crazy journey down the mountain. I've seen better tsunami movies based on real events.

Jun 09, 2017

If you like disaster movies, highly recommend this one! Great pacing and buildup, good acting and character deveopment; far better than most overblown Hollywood productions.

Jun 01, 2017

I failed to understand the cover line 'inspired by true events'. According to Mr. Google, a true event was 1934 & this is mentioned in the film. So this is not an actual event, however, I actually enjoyed this portrayal of a possible disaster & the possibility is more of a probability. The special effects were good. Thankfully the subtitles were great.

May 25, 2017

As with The Impossible (which was based on a real event), this focuses on one family surviving a tsunami but here there is an aspect of advance warning and less time spent on the aftermath. Still a powerful story but if you like it then do see the other too.

Apr 26, 2017

I don't like disaster movies, this is the first I've seen in years. It was great!!..the acting, photography, story line all fantastic. Very suspenseful...Well worth the watch.

Apr 24, 2017

This disaster film from Norway is definitely worth a watch. Good character development, and good special effect. And don't let the subtitles deter you.

VaughanPLDonnalee Apr 10, 2017

I'm not really a big fan of recent Hollywood disaster movies, which have been so silly and fake-looking lately. This Norwegian one, however, was much more convincing and I enjoyed it very much. It took a little while for the action to start, but it was well worth the wait. My teenage sons who started watching a bit reluctantly were glad they stayed as well. We all liked it very much.

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Jul 15, 2016

Intro from old newsreel:
The rock slide on January 15, 1905, surprised the villagers while they were sound asleep. The rock slide occurred in Lodalen in Nordfjord. The result was a massive tsunami that killed 63 people. The wave swept across Lake Loen and was 40 meters high when it hit land. It's been 58 years since the Tafjord rock slide (1934.) We have registered 300 unstable mountainsides in Norway today. It's only a matter of time before the next big rock slide. Geiranger is now threatened by what could be a new Tafjord disaster. Out along the fjord lies Åkerneset. gigantic, unstable mountainside that will fall someday. Seven million cubic meters of rock will crash into the fjord <i>creating a massive tsunami. Nowhere are the crevices as active as at Åkerneset. The question is: Can people in the area be warned in time?


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