The Third Wave (2007)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 249 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 9 critic

Four volunteers travel to Peraliya, Sri Lankan after the 2004 tsunami, and their planned two-week journey becomes a year of heartbreak and rebirth.



(additional writing)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Video

10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1708 titles
created 19 Apr 2013
a list of 1548 titles
created 11 Feb 2014
a list of 1654 titles
created 12 Feb 2014
a list of 63 titles
created 20 Mar 2014
a list of 1001 titles
created 4 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Third Wave" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Third Wave (2007)

The Third Wave (2007) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Third Wave.
1 win. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Johan Falk hasn't been working for over a year since he resigned from the police. Most of all he wants to move out to the countryside, but fate has a different thought.

Director: Anders Nilsson
Stars: Jakob Eklund, Irina Björklund, Nicholas Farrell
Action | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A futuristic world with no secrets or governments, one global nation that is threatened by a man with a bomb that he says is going to change history. Humanity's only hope is more time.

Director: Christian Wolf
Stars: Juan David Guardia, Agata Surma, Samy Ferrenbach
First Wave (1998–2001)
Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Framed for murder and on the run, a former thief struggles to expose the vanguard of an alien invasion with the help of a conspiracy theorist and newly discovered prophecies of Nostradamus.

Stars: Sebastian Spence, Rob LaBelle, Roger R. Cross
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from... See full summary »

Director: Rob VanAlkemade
Stars: Adetola Abiade, Paul Allen, Paul Norman Allen
Lesson Plan (2011)
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

'Lesson Plan' is a documentary featuring interviews of the original students and teacher of the 1967 Third Wave experiment. This exercise in fascism took place in Palo Alto, California. ... See full summary »

Directors: David Jeffery, Philip Carr Neel
Stars: Ron Jones, Philip Zimbardo, Scott Thomson
The Wave (2008)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel
Stars: Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich
Chalk I (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An improvisational take on the high school experience, told from the educators' point-of-view.

Director: Mike Akel
Stars: Troy Schremmer, Janelle Schremmer, Shannon Haragan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Best known for bringing Subaru and Yugo to North America, and for producing the first sports car with gull-wing doors, Malcolm Bricklin has lost and regained millions, failing as often as ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Bricklin
Stars: Malcolm Bricklin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Director: Deborah Koons
Stars: Charles Benbrook, Grace Booth, George W. Bush
Czech Dream (2004)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two students from the Czech Film Academy commission a leading advertising agency to organize a huge campaign for the opening of a new supermarket named Czech Dream. The supermarket however ... See full summary »

Directors: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Stars: Varhan Orchestrovich Bauer, Jaromír Kalina, Vít Klusák
The Wave (TV Short 1981)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An experiment in an American High School where students learn how easy it is to be seduced by the same social forces which led to the horrors of Nazi Germany. Based on a true story.

Director: Alexander Grasshoff
Stars: Bruce Davison, Lori Lethin, John Putch
The Third Wave (TV Special 1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Valerio Lazarov, Jana Markova
Stars: Georgie Ente, Jamie Ente, Jody Ente


Credited cast:
A.P. Darmedesa ...
Bruce French ...
Oscar Gubernati ...
Donny Paterson ...


A volunteer film. Four independent volunteers with little money and no experience race off to volunteer in tsunami ravaged Sri Lanka . They meet up at the Colombo airport by fate, rent a van, fill it with supplies and start driving down the coast to see where they can help. They stumble into Peraliya, a tribal village which has been totally destroyed by a 40 foot wave overturning a train and killing over 2500 people. No-one is there helping so they set up a first aid station and find themselves in charge of a refugee camp with over 3000 people. A two week journey turns into a year long odyssey of heartbreak and hope as the villagers slowly begin to turn against them when the worlds donated tsunami money doesn't materialize. The volunteers push on through the death threats and break every rule in the 'Disaster Aid Books'. Everyone is needed : no skills required. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In a world of growing disasters and wars ... everyone is needed. See more »



Official Sites:




Release Date:

11 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La troisième vague  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


After the 2010 Haiti earthquake disaster, director Alison Thompson flew to Haiti with Sean Penn and Oscar Gubernati and ran a field hospital and refugee camp of over 70,000 people for 6 months. See more »


Alison: I'm not helping good people or bad people I'm just helping human beings, so let 'God' or 'Buddha' sort it out!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

There are few more inspiring films than The Third Wave
17 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In giving "The Third Wave" my highest rating, I have no problem in disclosing that I am friends with its remarkable director Alison Thompson. Did our friendship influence my great admiration for her documentary? Not at all. In fact, we became friends after I was awed by the movie at the Tribeca Film Festival and wanted very much to interview Thompson to post on a web site so that other people would know about "The Third Wave." All filmmakers and every fan of documentaries will be excited by the guerrilla, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants camera-work--where the camera seems to be exploring and documenting on its own, and anything or anybody can venture in front of the lens. But much more significant is that every movie fan, every human being, will experience an immense emotional impact watching Thompson and her volunteer cohorts, in an exotic far-away land, try to lessen heartbroken tragedy with kindness, selflessness, and good will--and to see the broken people they're trying to help love them back or--in scenes with a "Lord of the Flies" feel-turn against them. While the money we sent to Indonesia after the tsunami got "lost" in transit, the volunteers sent themselves to nurse (Alison set up a hospital and in her spare time collected the bones of tsunami victims) and rebuild and teach. These humanitarians are fascinating, as are the people they encounter in Piralya, the village they bring back to life in Sri Lanka. Talk about role models and saints, forget the heroes played by actors in fictional epics in theaters and watch this little movie for the real deal, a four-person emergency peace corps who went to the disaster area for two weeks and stayed for two extraordinary years--the least we viewers can do is watch Alison Thompson and company work miracles for not even two hours. Danny Peary

85 of 85 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Saw it at Tribeca sheckyicecream
Discuss The Third Wave (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page