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The Wave (Bolgen) (2016)

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This movie. Holy fucking shit this movie. Tension doesn't even begin to describe it.

 

It's Jaws except instead of a shark it's a mountain. A geologist tries to warn a small tourist town that there's an avalanche coming that will cause a massive tsunami. Of course, no one believes him. 

 

When the alarm is sounded there's a 10-minute long sequence of trying to outrun the wave that is an all-timer.

 

I don't care if you don't like subtitles, the movie is on Netflix and you need to watch it now.

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Originally Posted by Bartleby_Scriven View Post

This movie. Holy fucking shit this movie. Tension doesn't even begin to describe it.

It's Jaws except instead of a shark it's a mountain.

I'm going to ignore the rest of your post, and imagine this to be about a mountain sneaking up on people and eating them.

Then Roy Scheider blows it up.
post #3 of 5

I definitely didn't have the kind of strong reaction you had, but it's a good movie. And doubly cool because the central risk (a massive landslide causing a massive tsunami in a fjord) has actually happened a couple of times. The scenery is gorgeous and the actors excellent.

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I maybe hyped it up a little too much. But the scenes with his kids, something that's started really affecting me since having my own, had me on edge.

 

I also appreciated the movie's everyday courage. When people would stop to help one another, even if it wasn't ultimately successful, it just felt good to see. And also the conflict on their faces, and the hard choice the mom has to make late in the movie, aren't dwelled on but are all in the actor's faces.

 

That CPR scene at the end, though, HAHA, it's not just Hollywood that goes for the melodrama. 

post #5 of 5

A pretty good Norwegian attempt at a Hollywood blockbuster, although I found the characters a bit generic and predictable.

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