The Norwegian Dante's Peak packs an emotional punch, if not slightly predictable.
Disaster movies always gets me excited. Might have to do with the fact that a lot of these stories can actually happen and also seeing cities being ruined by natural catastrophes is always a sight to see. But sometimes, more importantly than that, is the possibility of heavily investing in characters and hope they make it out alive. Welcome to The Wave.
Directed by Roar Uthaug, maybe best known for the Norwegian horror Cold Prey, brings us a
The story is about the mountain pass Åkneset in Norway, which everyone in the city of Geirangerfjord, knows will collapse eventually and with that create a giant tsunami which will destroy everything in its path – that day is coming. Geologist Kristian Eikjord (Kristoffer Joner), who just resigned from his job and ready to take a new position in Germany, must race against the clock to stop the calamity from destroying the city before it's too late.
The SFX, like mentioned, is wonderful and disturbing at the same time. You just know lives will be lost and that's what makes The Wave gut-wrenching to watch, sometimes. The fact this mountain will one day collapse is a terrible thought. Makes everything more real.
If I have fault with the film; it's a tad predictable. Not exactly a terribly bad thing but then again, a lot of disaster films are much like that.
Written by Matthew
'We're talking about a 300 foot high wave!!'
Trivia: The film's premise is not fictional. Apparently the mountain in Norway will sooner or later collapse.