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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.


Roar Uthaug
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristoffer Joner ... Kristian Eikjord
Ane Dahl Torp ... Idun Karlsen
Jonas Hoff Oftebro Jonas Hoff Oftebro ... Sondre
Edith Haagenrud-Sande Edith Haagenrud-Sande ... Julia
Fridtjov Såheim ... Arvid Øvrebø
Laila Goody Laila Goody ... Margot Valldal
Arthur Berning ... Jacob Vikra
Herman Bernhoft Herman Bernhoft ... Georg
Eili Harboe ... Vibeke
Silje Breivik ... Anna
Håkon Moe Håkon Moe ... Thomas
Tyra Holmen Tyra Holmen ... Teresa
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Phillip
Mette Agnete Horn Mette Agnete Horn ... Maria (as Mette Horn)
Lado Hadzic ... Bussjåfør


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 has happened before. It will happen again. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]




Norwegian | English

Release Date:

28 August 2015 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wave See more »


Box Office


NOK 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,321, 6 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$176,637, 1 May 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos


Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Norway's official entry for the 'Best Foreign-Language Film' category at the 88th Academy Awards in 2016. See more »


When Kristian, Sondre and Julia are in the jeep, the front passenger seat is empty, then they change the camera to Sondre who is sitting in that seat. See more »


Idun Karlsen: Ten... Ten minutes.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


Rhythm De Light
Performed by Michael Serpa
Produced by by Michael Serpa
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Impressive and believable catastrophe movie for 5 mill dollars
28 August 2015 | by OJTSee 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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