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The Wave (Bolgen)2016

The Wave (Bolgen) (2016)



Critic Consensus: Well-acted and blessed with a refreshingly humanistic focus, The Wave is a disaster film that makes uncommonly smart use of disaster film clichés.

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Nestled in Norway's Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village - and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord - it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger's warning center, geologist Kristian is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he's about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn't right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has ten minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path.

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Kristoffer Joner
as Ristian Eikjord
Ane Dahl Torp
as Idun Karlsen
Fridtjov Såheim
as Arvid Øvrebø
Laila Goody
as Margot Valldal
Arthur Berning
as Jacob Vikra
Lado Hadzic
as Bussjafor
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Critic Reviews for The Wave (Bolgen)

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (37)

It's a real world ecological thriller that doesn't forget about the human story running through the heart of the narrative, and as such the film ends up being an avalanche of thrills and chills I cannot wait to watch again.

August 15, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The intimate focus, juxtaposed with the unsettling beauty of the backdrop and the eerie stillness of the aftermath, brings a novel twist to the well-worn disaster movie format.

August 14, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Wave is a small-town Norwegian disaster movie writ satisfyingly large.

August 12, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

More than anything, The Wave's ability to sustain tension out of its tired scenario makes it even more impressive than its Me Decade ancestors.

March 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4

The whole thing is pure formula. But The Wave, which was Norway's official entry for the Academy Awards, makes it work anyway.

March 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie works; the setting feels grandly unfamiliar, and the aftermath of the wave, with its elemental mix of water and fire, seems like a plausible vision of Hell.

March 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wave (Bolgen)

I saw the trailer for this at the Cleveland Cinematheque several months before I found it streaming. It had me on the edge of my seat and gripping the arms with white knuckles. This Norwegian thriller about a tourist town and one particular broken family is in the style of a classic disaster flick. The cliches are there, but recombined in a smart way. The human drama involved in surviving impossible odds and reconnecting with lost loved ones works as a gripping and heart tugging film. The effects are completely believable and will get the blood pumping.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


Deftly bettering a thousand typical Hollywood disaster flicks, The Wave offers up genuinely good characterisation and intelligent writing AND delivers on spectacle. Gorgeous photography, impressive CGI and what at least sounds like coherent science combine to make a really excellent film. The central performances are more than solid and the story beats work well. Finally, and it's a minor point, but it is the only film I can think of seeing (at least in immediate memory) where a very specific human behaviour occurs when someone panics and is convinced they may drown. Just one of the small moments that really impressed me. Bravo.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

With some very fine acting, "The Wave" is of that unique brand of disaster film that is actually quite harrowing.

Christian C
Christian C

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