Billed as the first Scandinavian disaster movie, this Norwegian drama takes place in the real-life tourist village of Geiranger, which offers spectacular scenery but also lives under the constant threat of obliteration should the overlooking Åkneset mountain crumble into the fjord and cause a tsunami. The movie's hero (Kristoffer Joner), a geologist at the local warning center, is celebrating his last day at work before starting a new position when the Big One finally arrives. Director Roar Uthaug has said that he wanted to put a new spin on the genre by "moving away from president's speeches and megacity mayhem . . . to experience the destruction through a normal family and the small community they live in." But the plot—in which the geologist, his wife, and their two children are separated by the cataclysm and must reunite—is identical to that of last year's Dwayne Johnson actioner San Andreas. The real tsunami is Hollywood formula. In Norwegian with subtitles.
By J.R. Jones