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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristian Eikjord
Idun Karlsen
Edith Haagenrud-Sande ...
Arvid Øvrebø
Laila Goody ...
Margot Valldal
Arthur Berning ...
Jacob Vikra
Herman Bernhoft ...
Eili Harboe ...
Håkon Moe ...
Tyra Holmen ...
Mette Agnete Horn ...
Maria (as Mette Horn)


Based on the fact that mountain pass Åkneset, located in the Geiranger fjord in Norway, one day will fall out and create a violent tsunami of over 80 meters that will crush everything in its path before it hits land in Greenland. A geologist gets caught in the middle of it and a race against time begins. Written by Fredrik Rønningen

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It was only a matter of time. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and disaster images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

La última ola  »

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Box Office


NOK 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,321 (USA) (4 March 2016)


$176,637 (USA) (29 April 2016)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's basic premise is not fictional. The mountain is in constant motion and will fall, sooner or later. Director Roar Uthaug: "This will actually happen there one day. There is this crack in the mountainside out in the fjord, and it keeps expanding each year and at some point it will cause a huge rockslide into the fjord and they will have 10 minutes before the wave reaches Geiranger. So we wanted to stay true to the facts - to what geologists think will be the facts one day." [2016] See more »


The surveillance center's offices and Geiranger seem to be just a quick drive between each other. In real life, travel would involve either a drive with two ferries or one drive with a sixty minute ferry ride. See more »

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Impressive and believable catastrophe movie for 5 mill dollars
28 August 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

After watching this Norwegian film at a fully booked cinema at the premiere tonight, I must say I*m hugely impressed. Director Roar Uthaug (Cold prey, Escape) has not only managed to make good movie, he also have have an intense and believable catastrophe movie which manages to get almost all right, without falling in the cliché-ridden genre. The film is not particularly original, but have the needed up-building of characters, the expert against the rest, the hesitation, the bad choices, and so on, but they are all made without compromise.

A geologist sense there is something wrong on his last day at work in the observatory measuring movements in the mountain Åkneset, which lingers high above the Geiranger fjord. The others think he exaggerates, but then more happens. The family has one more night before they leave for the geologists new job further down South.

The film also builds up a great excitement, and we start to care about the little family.What is downright amazing, and giving the film the last extra star, is that the total production budget of this film is only about 5 million dollars. though the film looks like a million dollars.

Some of the scenes are very well done. the underwater scenes are totally believable, and so is the devastation the giant wave leaves behind. The actors are doing great. Norwegian stars Kristoffer Joner and Ane Dahl Torp are the heroic couple. The son, played by Jonas Hoff Oftebro is great as well, and so is the little sister with the funny lines.

Well done. I think I'll have to see it again.

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