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About The Wave 💬

  • Inspired by true events.

Nestled in Norway's Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village - and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord - it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment.

  • It was only a matter of time.

After putting in several years at Geiranger's warning center, geologist Kristian Eikjord (Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he's about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn't right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has ten minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path.

Here comes the flood.


There are registered more than 300 unstable mountainsides in Norway. One of the largest is ''Åkerneset.'' It's a system of cracks 800 meters long that keeps expanding up to 15 cm per year. When, not if, it falls 7 million cubic meters of rock will crash into the fjord below, creating an 80-meter high tsunami that will hit the local community of Geiranger after just 10 minutes. It was the perfect starting point for the first ever-Scandinavian disaster movie.

With THE WAVE I wanted to bring a traditional Hollywood genre closer to home. Moving away from the president's speeches and megacity mayhem, I wanted to experience the destruction through a normal family and the small community they live in. Working from the thought that the closer you feel to the characters, the more impact the imposing disaster will have.

This choice also influenced our visual approach to the story, shooting most of the film in a handheld almost documentary style. I wanted the audience to feel like they were thrown into this world with our characters - running for their lives, gasping for breath.

And although we, of course, wanted to create spectacular action sequences through practical and visual effects, the biggest impact should always come from the emotions of the human drama.

Roar Uthaug

The Wave Movie Details 🎥

Directed by

Roar Uthaug

Writing Credits

Harald Rosenløw-Eeg

John Kåre Raake


Kristoffer Joner

Ane Dahl Torp

Jonas Hoff Oftebro

Edith Haagenrud-Sande

Fridtjov Såheim

Laila Goody

Arthur Berning

Herman Bernhoft

Eili Harboe

Silje Breivik

Thomas Bo Larsen

Music by

Magnus Beite

Cinematography by

John Christian Rosenlund

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Countries: Norway, Sweden

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