It turns out the end of the world looks pretty similar no matter what language it’s happening in. This Norwegian disaster movie benefits from its local focus, but ultimately it’s plagued by the same flaws as so many big-budget equivalents.
For example, the scientists who discover the tsunami threat are the focus of the first half hour, but then find themselves sidelined. The disaster would pack more of a punch if we’d spent more time with the threatened community.
Lead Joner is superb, and it’s pleasing to find the heroics shared amongst the cast. No damsels in distress here.
The tension is cranked up superbly as the mini-tsunami approaches, but although its aftermath looks impressive, it also signals a big drop in the stakes.
CAST: Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro
DIRECTOR: Roar Uthaug
WRITERS: John Kåre Raake, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
SYNOPSIS: A Norwegian community are thrown into danger when a nearby mountain pass collapses, causing a violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it as he tries to save his family.