The Wave: A Lesson About Liabilities and Sacrifices

Posted 2015/12/08 3938 0

The Wave is the first disaster movie which has been produced in Norway and it has become the most commercial successful movie of the year in the country. In its homeland, where the population is about 5 million, more than 500 thousand of tickets were sold just after 3 weeks from the release.

In The Wave, a small picturesque tourist village of Gerainger is threatened when a huge mass of rock tumbles into a fjord, setting off a huge 250 foot tsunami. With only 10 minutes time to escape the approaching catastrophe, the villagers must rush against time to escape to the mountains before the wave engulfs them all. And Kristian (Kristoffer Joner), a geologist, gets caught in the middle of it. He also, though, has to make time for his hotel worker wife Idun (Ane Dahl Torp), skateboarding teenage son Sondre (Jonas Hoff Oftebro), and winsome daughter Julia (Edith Haagenrud-Sande).

If you are looking for a disaster movie with a lot of epic scenes like those in Hollywood movies, The Wave will obviously disappoint you. The scenes about the tsunami are done pretty well and look real enough, but there are not a lot of them due to the budget issue (about $6 million). But the filming is really good. Actually, the disaster is not the main character here, it is only the background for the story of Kristain's family and the way they face the catastrophe. Through their story, the movies want to show us the love between family's members, their sacrifices and liabilities. Although Kristain no longer works for the forecasting center, when seeing some anomalous signals from the neighbouring mountain, Åkerneset, he still comes back to warn his ex-colleagues. And not only being devoted to his family, he is always willing to give a hand to people around him while racing against time.

Normally, in order to get the sympathy from the audience, the main characters often have their own troubles in life (beside the disaster). For example: the writer in 2012 just got divorced, jobless and has to drive to earn a living. Or in Twister (1996): the hurricane hunter has to team with the wife he is about to divorce. But in The Wave, the collision between Kristain and his wife is almost nothing, and their conflicts with remaining characters are also not an obstacle. Stick to the spirit: Protagonists will never die, it's predictable that they all overcome the disaster safe and sound. The pace is quite slow and many conversations are pretty long.

There should be more creation in how to express the ideas, but The Wave is sill a great movie with the human values it brings to us. The story of Kristain gives us more faith in humanity, and it is obviously what we need when facing most desperate and unfortunate situations.

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