The Wave started out slow, but quickly picked up speed and became an epic disaster movie. Directed by Roar Uthaug (who’s been handed the reins to the Tomb Raider reboot), this is a tense, emotional film centered not only on the giant wave that decimates a village, but also on a family who are trying to stick together.
The acting was superb. Kristoffer Joner was a terrific male lead, bringing strength, resilience, and warmth to the father. Ane Dahl Torp was solid as the mother, and Jonas Hoff Oftebro played the angsty teen son to perfection.
The effects were amazing. I felt like I was drowning as I watched the wave pummel everything in its path.
The story isn’t as strong as it could be, and drags the film down at the beginning. Once danger strikes though, the film’s pacing picks up and carries you along.
If you’re a fan of disaster movies with a strong emotional core, check this film out. It’s not for anyone looking for non-stop action and destruction, but this is a perfectly serviceable film.
The Wave is available to stream on US Netflix