Bølgen (The Wave – 2015)
written by John Kåre Raake and Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
directed by Roar Uthaug
Hailing from Norway, Bølgen (English title: The Wave) is a disaster movie about a giant wave that destroys a small town when a rock slide falls into a fjord. That’s pretty much it. And while I have nothing against simple premises or the death of thousands of people for entertainment (2009’s 2012 is pretty damn funny), if you’re going for serious drama then there is something to be said about creating realistic characters, following narrative logic, and avoiding clichés… all of which are absent from this film. Then again, the scene where the tsunami hits is pretty exciting. Fast forward to that and skip the rest.
Carlos I. Cuevas