The Wave (Bolgen)

2016

The Wave (Bolgen)

Critics 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.

84%

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Total Count: 104

65%

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User Ratings: 7,261
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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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Critic Reviews for The Wave (Bolgen)

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (31)

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

    Aug 12, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

    Mar 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The whole thing is pure formula. But The Wave, which was Norway's official entry for the Academy Awards, makes it work anyway.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Something like The Wave is indeed a rarity - without skimping on the spectacle that glues eyeballs to the screen, it takes the time to develop its characters.

    Mar 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Having laid out my qualms in advance, I am happy to report that The Wave... is pretty good. It's also pretty strange.

    Mar 4, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wave (Bolgen)

  • Dec 25, 2017
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2017
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2016
    With some very fine acting, "The Wave" is of that unique brand of disaster film that is actually quite harrowing.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2016
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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