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A tsunami devastates a picturesque fjord but it’s the human drama that counts
The idea of a tsunami threatening the chintz and troll-heavy tat shops of a small Norwegian tourist town by a fjord might not have the same dramatic impact as the Hollywood alternative. But that doesn’t stop director Roar Uthaug squeezing every last drop of epic potential out of his premise. The setting is the town of Geiranger, impossibly pretty and nestled at the foot of a mountain that shifts restlessly, rocks popping like gunshots as the geological time bomb threatens to blow. A scientist at the early warning station, Kristian (Kristoffer Joner), is about to leave his job to work for an oil company. But he senses that something is amiss. His former colleagues are reluctant to accept the possibility that this could be the big one, even as the score swells ominously and the computer monitors shriek with alarm. »
- Wendy Ide
Ahead of its release next month, StudioCanal has debuted a UK poster and trailer for The Wave, the acclaimed disaster epic from filmmaker Roar Uthaug; check them out here…
Experienced, Norwegian geologist Kristian Eikfjord (Kristoffer Joner) has accepted a job offer out of town. He is getting ready to move from the city of Geiranger with his family (Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro), when he and his colleagues measure small geological changes under ground. Kristian realises his worst nightmare is about to come true: the alarm goes off and disaster is upon them. With less than 10 minutes to react, it becomes a race against time in order to save as many lives as possible including his own family.
The Wave opens in UK cinemas on August 12th.
- Gary Collinson
Norway gets the old-fashioned disaster film genre up on its feet again with a well-made, scary story set in a Northern fjord, where a devastating tsunami is a genuine threat. Fine acting by fresh faces helps as well -- with no Bs or hype to get in the way, we find ourselves as anxious as the characters in the movie. The Wave Blu-ray Magnolia Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 105 min. / Bølgen / Street Date June 21, 2016 / 26.97 Starring Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande, Fridtjov Såheim, Laila Goody, Arthur Berning, Herman Bernhoft. Cinematography John Christian Rosenlund Film Editor Christian Siebenherz Original Music Magnus Beite Written by John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg Produced by Are Heidenstrom, Martin Sundland Directed by Roar Uthaug
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Probably the most astounding natural disaster footage we've seen came from Northern Japan in 2011. Much of it is still up on the web. We're »
- Glenn Erickson
It’s hard to believe that June is already upon us, but here we are, getting ready for another summer season filled with blockbuster movies, outdoor activities and all sorts of shenanigans. For those of you looking to avoid the direct sunlight as much as possible, there’s a handful of VOD titles arriving this month that should undoubtedly keep you busy.
June’s VOD offerings kick off with the Snapchat-themed flick Sickhouse, which debuts on Vimeo. The first half of the month is also filled with a few otherworldly offerings like Girl in Woods, Mark of the Witch, and Monsterland. The highly anticipated Clown finally comes home on June 17th and the month closes out with the supernatural-themed Accidental Exorcist.
Sickhouse (available exclusively on Vimeo) – June 1st
Sickhouse follows a group of friends obsessed with social media that go on an excursion into the woods to explore the lore of Sickhouse. »
- Heather Wixson
Roar Uthaug’s The Wave crashes on the shores of Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on June 21st. Also in this round-up: production details on Jessica Cameron’s An Ending, release details for Sacrifice and The Divine Tragedies, and Kickstarter launch details for Night Wolf.
The Wave: “Nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village — and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord — it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning centre, geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe »
- Tamika Jones
For those of you genre fans out there always on the lookout for interesting horror and sci-fi films to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, March’s VOD selections feature several great indie movies that should make for some entertaining viewings this month.
Ava’s Possessions, a film I really dug out of last year’s SXSW Film Festival, is finally making its way onto VOD this Friday and Emelie, the babysitter thriller from Dark Sky Films, is also getting a digital release that day. Other titles arriving on VOD in early March include The Wave, Road Games and Camino.
The month’s VOD titles are being capped off by a film that I’ve been excited to see for some time, Baskin, which is being released by IFC Midnight on March 25th. Other notable VOD titles for March include Dudes & Dragons, You’re Killing Me, A Haunting »
- Heather Wixson
The Wave (Bølgen) Magnolia Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: C Director: Roar Uthaug Written by: John Kare Raake, Harald Rosenlow Eeg Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Oftebro Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/3/16 Opens: March 4, 2016 In perhaps the best disaster movie of recent times, “Force Majeure,” the emphasis is on human conflict rather than simply on the dynamics of avalanche and tsunami. When residents of a French alpine hotel are threatened by the imminent disaster, the father, refusing to scoop up his child and grab his wife instead runs in the other direction to save his own skin. This [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Chicago – Last year, we witnessed the American disaster porn of “San Andreas,” an overwrought attempt to destroy California on film. Norway has an entry into the disaster genre – “The Wave” – and unlike the American special effects pile-on, it’s based on real possibilities, and features a family that won’t give up or give in.
The film is two movies, pre-and-post the wave (tsunami) disaster, and the beginning is better and more tense than the post wave turmoil, but overall the film is absorbing in the way that all the better “what ifs” are. The Scandinavian emotions presented are much more pragmatic and less “heroic” – as would be seen in a modern American disaster movie. The depiction of the disaster is based on a real-world possibility, there are towns among some of high cliffs of Norway, and those cliffs are unstable (much like the relationships of the family in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
You may not know the name Roar Uthaug, but you're likely to hear a lot more of it. The rising Norwegian filmmaker has booked his first Hollywood gig, helming the upcoming "Tomb Raider" reboot, and that's in part due to his work on the disaster flick "The Wave." Today we have a taste of the picture that got him on many radars. Read More: Watch: New U.S. Trailer For Norway's Disaster Movie Oscar Entry 'The Wave' Starring Kristoffer Joner ("The Revenant"), Ane Dahl Torp ("Dead Snow"), and Thomas Bo Larsen ("The Hunt"), the film is centered around Geiranger, one of Norway's biggest tourist destinations that soon comes in the path of a deadly natural disaster, that will risk the lives of everyone in its path. Here's the synopsis: Nestled in Norway's Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village — and constantly. »
- Edward Davis
Roar Uthaug’s Hollywood-style action picture about a natural disaster is a soak in torment and doubt – and about as subtle as a big red panic button
The Wave teaches us two things. One: you don’t need to be from Hollywood to make a big, dumb Hollywood action picture. Two: between this and Force Majeure, you should take your vacation anywhere other than in view of Europe’s natural splendor.
We meet Kristian (Kristoffer Joner), a handsome Norwegian geologist with mixed feelings about his last day at work. He’s about to take his family away from Geiranger, a gorgeous tourist town built alongside a fjord. (I highly recommend slipping its name into Google image search, it’s absolutely stunning.) His new gig is “in the city” for an oil company, and even though he tries to sell his wife and two children on their modern home with a »
- Jordan Hoffman
If we were to take a little field trip 40 years or so back in time, we’d see a different type of blockbuster film dominating the big screen. Superheroes had not yet conquered Hollywood. Back then, Mother Nature was the big box office darling. From earthquakes and tsunamis to disastrous fires and devastating accidents, we wanted to see massive amounts of Avenger-scale destruction that only the elements could concoct.
Fast forward to present day and we now watch Thor and Hulk destroy cities in the name of the good fight. Even Godzilla has returned to the cinema to continue his rapturous reptilian rampage. Monsters and heroes are what we seek today, but what of the good ole days when Planet Earth herself was what we feared most? There have been the occasional attempts to bring back that old school tale of man versus nature. The Perfect Storm was a memorable »
- Travis Keune
In the past decade Americans have discovered the riches to be found in contemporary Scandinavian cinema, including horror films, thrillers, mysteries, and black comedies. Now comes something entirely different: a Norwegian disaster movie that takes its blueprint from Hollywood. That’s not to discredit The Wave. It’s very well done, and the visual effects are properly spectacular, but it takes all its story beats from mainstream movies we’ve seen many times before. The hero (Kristoffer Joner, who recently appeared in The Revenant) is a...
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- Leonard Maltin
Over the past decade, Norway has managed to out-Hollywood the thrill-happy American film industry by producing their own big-budget spectacles. Works such as the 2010 found-footage oddity Troll Hunter, the 2009 dark horror comedy Dead Snow and its uproariously gory sequel, Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, and the 2013 action-adventure film Ragnorak recall the finer qualities of big domestic blockbusters, only with the extra cinematic advantage of pristine, breathtakingly photogenic scenery.
Now comes Scandinavia’s first-ever disaster movie, The Wave, which is also notable for its director, Roar Uthaug, Aka the helmer behind the forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot. Based in his past credits, including the alpine horror film Cold Prey and the period thriller Escape, Uthaug is no stranger to crowd-pleasing genre fare, and his latest showcases his knack for utilizing familiar, tried-and-true tropes.
The film opens in Geiranger, a Norwegian fjord-side tourist town situated at the foot of Åkerneset, a mountainous region known for its instability. »
- Amanda Waltz
Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Fridtjov Såheim, Ane Dahl Torp, Thomas Bo Larsen, Fridtjov Såheim, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Arthur Berning, Edith Haagenrud-Sande, Lado Hadzic, Herman Bernhoft, Silje Breivik | Written by John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg | Directed by Roar Uthaug
In recent years Norway has been cranking out some fantastic genre films – Troll Hunter, Dead Snow and its sequel, Rare Exports, Thale and the Cold Prey series. All of which have been takes on American genre fare (zombies, slasher movies) or based on folk tales (Rare Exports, Thale). Until now. Director Roar Uthaug, the man behind the three Cold Prey movies, turns his hand from the horrors of the slasher movie to the horrors of nature with The Wave, a disaster movie of real-life proportions…
In the small mountain community of Geiranger, geologist Kristian works at an early warning centre keeping an eye out for rockslides causing potential dangers. The last catastrophe was »
- Phil Wheat
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Duane Howard, Melaw Nakehk’o, Fabrice Adde, Arthur RedCloud | Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith | Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The Revenant a simple story of revenge, but the arduous journey from aggrieved to exacting that revenge is anything but simple. This is Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film and is a huge departure from last years eccentric, superhero movie Birdman. We join the history of how the USA was colonised at the point where white settlers from Europe have disrupted and destroyed all prior notions of civilisation to such a degree that Native Americans are reduced to the same killer tactics to survive and thrive as their recent arrivals. These are hard, frontiersmen times. Snow is on the mountainous, untamed ground and peace and tranquility is nothing but a fantasy. »
- Stuart Wright
It was only a matter of time. This looks epic! Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official Us trailer for The Wave, a big disaster movie set in Norway. The film is about a giant wave of water that emerges when a fjord collapses, destroying everything in its path. The plot: "a geologist gets caught in the middle of it and a race against against time begins." Ten minutes extended to two hours! This is the closest we've seen to a Roland Emmerich disaster movie (except San Andreas) and it actually looks damn good. Starring Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Ane Dahl Torp and Fridtjov Såheim. Don't ignore this one, give it a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Roar Uthaug's The Wave, direct from Magnolia's YouTube: Even though awaited, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of Åkneset above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger falls »
- Alex Billington
Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards, check out the nerve-racking new trailer for The Wave.
Nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village — and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord — it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning center, geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has »
- Michelle McCue
Kicking off with a special screening of The Forest with star Natalie Dormer in attendance, and finishing in racy rock-fuelled style with Sean Byrne’s The Devil’s Candy, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to Glasgow Film Festival with another stellar line-up to shock, chill and thrill. A record thirteen films will screen from Thursday 25th February to Saturday 27th February, alongside a selection of unmissable shorts, guest director Q & A’s, great give-aways and a sneak preview of Paul Hyett’s Heretiks, with the popular director in attendance.
The line-up starts at 9pm on Thurs 25 Feb with the UK Premiere of The Forest starring Natalie Dormer searching for her twin sister in Japan’s most haunted location, the fabled Sea of Trees. The ‘Game of Thrones’ star is making her first appearance at Glasgow Film Festival and is thrilled to be headlining this gala event the »
- Phil Wheat
Leonardo DiCaprio‘s “The Revenant” fought to earn $2.3 million from 2,501 screening locations on Thursday night. With a budget of $135 million, the film tells the true story of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), who was mauled by a bear in the 1820s and was left to die by his comrades. Although seriously injured, he fights his way across the western United States seeking revenge. The film also stars Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Kristoffer Joner and Forrest Goodluck. “Birdman” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s latest film opened in limited theaters on Dec. 25 to rave reviews. Currently, it holds an 81 percent approval rating from critics. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
19 items from 2016
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