Magnolia Pictures | Release Date: March 4, 2016
6.4
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Generally favorable reviews based on 51 Ratings
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eagleeyevikingJul 15, 2016
Roar Uthaug's The Wave may hit all notes of a typical disaster film, however, with characters worth caring about and palpable tension, rises above similar Hollywood films of the same genre.
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poshFUJul 29, 2016
The film took time to develop characters that you can connect with. though it may be a formulaic disaster movie. Much more emphatic than usual Hollywood disaster movies. Worth seeing. And not overburdened by too much special effects.
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Brent_MarchantMar 6, 2016
A rather formulaic disaster movie but one that's redeemed by outstanding special effects (and not an overreliance on them to carry the story, either). The film could have benefited from some judicious editing during the setup to the big eventA rather formulaic disaster movie but one that's redeemed by outstanding special effects (and not an overreliance on them to carry the story, either). The film could have benefited from some judicious editing during the setup to the big event and in its aftermath, as well as a few less preposterous sequences during the tragedy itself. Nevertheless, this is generally entertaining fare from an unlikely source, filmed in a beautiful setting with gorgeous cinematography and stunning catastrophe visuals. Expand
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foxgroveAug 20, 2016
It is uncharacteristically rare for the disaster genre to be chosen as the main topic for a foreign language film, but it is to the credit of the Wave that the result still oozes all the style and class that the best foreign language filmsIt is uncharacteristically rare for the disaster genre to be chosen as the main topic for a foreign language film, but it is to the credit of the Wave that the result still oozes all the style and class that the best foreign language films have. The film takes a formulaic scenario, a mountain slide that threatens to cause a tsunami in the Norwegian fjords, but is engagingly played from the get go. Director Roar Uthaug keeps the pace energetic and with the help of some really snappy editing keeps the tension building right through to the somewhat conventional ending. The film is strong in the areas of sound and music and the wave special effects are stunningly realised. Following the Tsunami the cinematography also comes into its own including some tense underwater sequences. Expand
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tethysdustSep 14, 2016
It was a solid disaster film, and very entertaining. The plot was a bit simple, though. It's refreshing to see such a suspenseful non-American film with nice visual effects.
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Jollyjoe1000Jul 12, 2019
its a simple decent disaster movie good special effects (even with the budget it had).
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