The Wave (2015)
In recent years, Scandinavian movies have tried to emulate the American film aesthetic by attempting new genres and taking advantage of ever better special effects. They have done amazing things in the horror genre (Let the Right One In), crime (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and in adventures (Kon-Tiki), often surpassing or inspiring American film. So it was only a matter of time until they would attempt the bastion of Hollywood: the disaster movie.
The Wave is the Norwegian result, and if you are a fan of the likes of The Day After Tomorrow or Deep Impact, you may enjoy The Wave as well, as it follows the classic disaster movie formula: a nuclear family at the center of attention; scientists realizing shit too late; stunning but completely unrealistic action scenes follow the inevitable catastrophe, but in the end the love of the family prevails.
Apart from the language, there isn’t much that distinguishes this movie from similar American versions. It is a little bit slower moving, a bit more realistic, and a bit less pompous. Oh, and the female lead is a lot more badass than what American movies usually allow her to be! It begs the question, then, if we really needed The Wave. Perhaps not. But it sure is entertaining.