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The Wave (2015)

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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 ... Sondre
Edith Haagenrud-Sande ... Julia
Fridtjov Såheim ... Arvid Øvrebø
Laila Goody Laila Goody ... Margot Valldal
Arthur Berning ... Jacob Vikra
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 was only a matter of time. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The first disaster movie made in Norway and Scandinavia. See more »


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Idun Karlsen: Ten... Ten minutes.
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Intriguing film about a natural disaster
13 September 2015 | by dakjetsSee all my reviews

This Norwegian film is an entertaining film, that will attract a wide audience.

The setting is scary : The alarm goes off by landslides center in Geirangerfjord. What the landslide geologists have feared is a fact and a gigantic tidal wave is heading for Geiranger.

Director Roar Uthaug manages to build up the story along the way. We get to know a family of four; mum, dad, a teenage son and a young daughter. They live their lives in Geiranger. The father takes matters in his own hands, when he suspects something is horrible wrong. They are all going in for heavy weather, with the waves devastating way.

The film is both exciting and entertaining. It is so much better than other films in the same genre like f.example Armageddon and Volcano.

This kind of films are very unusual in Norway, but this is an example, that also Norwegians filmmakers can make these kinds of films, that we are so familiar with from the Hollywood. What makes this extra chilling, it's the fact that this will happen one day. Ïn the meantime you can enjoy this film from Roar Uthaug, and watch good performances from the most experienced Norwegians actors.

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Release Date:

28 August 2015 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wave See more »


Box Office


EUR6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,321, 6 March 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos


Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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