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.