The Wave (Bølgen – Norway)

2 out of 5 stars

The money shot special effect (see title) is half decent but characterisations are paper thin and the film rather derivative. Based on an actual geological condition, a tsunami hits a scenic Norwegian town (no doubt twinned with Amity) and our hero’s family is separated. The teenage son inevitably does something stupid so that innocent peripheral characters can die in order for him to be saved. Along the way, the writer couldn’t find a single cliché Irwin Allen and Roland Emmerich have bestowed upon the genre that it doesn’t like, thus answering the question: whether dumb and predictable feels any less dumb and predictable if it was in a foreign language and subtitled? The answer to that is an emphatic NO.

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