The Wave (Bølgen) (Blu-ray release 2016-6-21) is a Norwegian disaster movie.  A rock slide in a Norwegian mountain caused a tsunami, which threatens the people in a tourist location.  The hero gave an early warning but his boss and coworkers dismissed it.  When he is proven to be correct, it’s already too late, and he goes to save his family.

The very first thing that is obvious about this movie is that it has extremely beautiful scenery.  This alone would be worth the time.  Better yet, this is a successful disaster movie that critics loved, despite the comparatively little budget.  Choosing to focus on a small family only, it has time for character development, unlike other disaster movies which are filled with characters whom the audience does not care much about.  I would prefer it spends less time on the setup, and be less reliant on cliche.

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