I bet you haven’t seen any Norwegian disaster movies, and if you have well, this one will also be great. Actually this is the first Swedish, they’re not Swedish Mac, they’re Norwegian, so Norwegian disaster movie, directed by Roar Uthaug (Fritt vilt, Tomb Raider [2017] (yeah, they’re rebooting it)). It’s so strange to watch this subgenre without an American director or actors. This is a different take on the genre, although it follows well established routes when it comes to story and characters. I mean, you would have to be quite inventive to come up with something else than a family trying to make through a natural disaster. It’s as natural as drinking Tran. Do not think that this is some cheap TV movie that they improvised while drinking beer and jumping from fjords, this is a full-blown blockbuster with awesome special effects. Unbelievable beauty of the land actually makes it more realistic because you are already in that mood where anything might happen.

bolgen-the-wave-posterGeiranger is a small Norwegian village situated on top of a mountain that has history of rock slides. They then create tsunamis that devastate the surrounding areas. As the local geologist tries to warn his superiors that something odd is happening, the rest of the village doesn’t suspect a thing. Not even his wife and kids, who are also in an extremely dangerous area…

As you might have suspected, the characters are well developed with good background stories and plausible explanations about their actions. So there are no strange story-shifts where a character does something just to make a setup for the next scene. This doesn’t mean that the cliches are absent, they are here alright, it’s just the story and the atmosphere make you forget about them. The entire affair seems almost too real, creating a very intense and nerve-wrecking atmosphere that will last ’till the end of the movie. The only problem is a bit sluggish tempo, but you can use that time to ponder about nature and how the hell we managed to survive as a species so far. With huge disaster disappointments this year, yes San Andreas I am looking at you, Bolgen will be an entertaining viewing. It brings almost nothing new to genre when it comes to the story and characters, but the change in scenery is a welcome gimmick.

Director: Roar Uthaug

Writer: John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg

Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Ane Dahl Torp, Fridtjov Såheim, Lado Hadzic, Herman Bernhoft

Fun Facts: The mountain is in constant motion and will fall, sooner or later. It is theoretically possible that it falls before the movie is released.


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3616916/

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