The Wave (2011)
Critic Consensus: Based on a true story, though relocated to Germany, this thought provoking film has an interesting premise, but suffers through a lack of believability.
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Critic Reviews for The Wave
The Wave is top-heavy and light-footed, racing its winning idea-that fascism can still be attractive to some, even in modern Germany-past itself.
"The Wave" feels overdetermined and ploddingly dramatized.
It's a strong film but in the end a rather obvious one.
As it bounds along with its pumping rock playlist, you start to realise that the movie is predictable and slightly scared, and that it doesn't really make sense.
Here is the winner of this week's No Shit Sherlock award: a prime example of the kind of film dead set on telling you what you know already.
It's an interesting and provocative idea somewhat marred by wretched performances from several of the kids and the same whiff of sanctimony and naivety that made The Edukators, another tiresomely right-on film from Germany, such a trial.
Audience Reviews for The Wave
Even if based on real events, it is a bit hard to believe that everything that we see here would happen so fast; still, this is a thought-provoking film about people's terrifying disposition to let themselves be seduced by a fascist-like autocracy that could take root in any society.
Despite its jumpy stylistical choices, which clearly serve to appeal young viewers into the story, it deals with an extremely serious subject matter that will trigger very important social and moral discussions
Based on actual events. Although the actual experiment took place in Palo Alto, California, this film takes place in Germany. A teacher decides to undertake a project in his class where his students believe that a dictatorship can never happen in Germany ever again. For the week, the teacher declares himself dictator, and becomes the ruling leader of his newly established group. Before he knows it, however, his students have taken the project outside of school grounds, and extend fascism into the hands of unwilling participants. The project soon gets out of control. Although greatly exaggerated at times, one has to remember that the film is based from real events, and that is what makes the film powerful. The Wave is a study on how one charismatic leader can motivate a populus into doing his will. It is dictatorship on a very small scale, but the haunting part is that dictatorships always start from a small group of mind-washed individuals. I recommend checking this link out: http://libcom.org/history/the-third-wave-1967-account-ron-jones.....which explains the actual experiment. Really good film here!!