The Wave (2015)

waveDirector: Roar Uthaug

Writer: John Kare Raake, Harald Rosenlow-Eeg (Screenplay)

Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen, Ane Dah Torp, Fridtjov Saheim, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Laila Goody


Plot: Even though awaited, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of Åkneset above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger falls out and creates a 85-meter-high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Best Modern Day Disaster Movie


Story: The Wave starts as we learn that in the past a landslide has happened in Norway causing a tidal wave of destruction, we also learn of the fear that larger and more destructive ones are waiting to happen. With this information we learn that Kristian (Joner) a geologist working in Norway as part of a team trying to predict ad give warnings to anyone in the path of any future disasters.

Where Kristian is an expert he skills are wanted all over the country as he is moving his family wife Idun (Torp) and children to the next part of the country that is in need of preparing. Before leaving his realises that the warning ideas put in place have become no such thing of a warning as he discovers the cables involved could be telling more of the story and there is in fact a risk that could cause one of the most devastating tidal waves in history.

When the landslide happens it causes a wave 80ft high where Kristian must save high daughter Julie and Idun must not only save her son Sondre but the guest in the hotel. The aftermath is a battle to see who has survived and what is left of the beautiful landscapes.

The Wave gives us something Hollywood has forgotten, a simple disaster movie. I say this with all the respect in the world because when it comes to a disaster movie you only need one breath-taking destruction scene and the rest needs to be follow the characters survive either the actual disaster or the aftermath. The story brings us into follow at the most part one family who must reconnect after the disaster as we learn their perils before it. The story drags you in from the start as we watch this family wanting to see where they end up by the end of the film.


Actor Review


Kristoffer Joner: Kristian is the expert geologist that has been working on a system to give proper warnings for anyone in the middle of a potential tidal wave path but when he realises the ideas wouldn’t give anyone a warning he must study any potential disaster that could come. When he figures out the landslide is coming he must find a way to protect his daughter and find his wife in the aftermath. Kristoffer is great in this role being a man that needs to make the right decision and not taking silly chances compared to what we would normally see in a disaster film leading character.kristian

Thomas Bo Larsen: Phillip is one of the guest in the hotel where Idun works and when she can’t find her son he along with his wife Maria stay behind to help find him. Thomas is solid in this role of the over panicky tourist.

Ane Dahl Torp: Idun is the wife of Kristian who accepts moving around the country as long as he is a good father, she works to help the income and her job at the hotel means she has to protect her guests once the tidal waves hits. Ane is great in this role having to do everything she can to keep her son alive.idun

Fridtjov Saheim: Arvid Ovrebo runs the research centre in which Kristian has worked for, he has to make the final call on any emergency situations which does lead to him clashing with Kristian. Fridtjov is good in this role that has to make the difficult decision but always the right ones.

Support Cast: The Wave has a supporting cast that all do great jobs either before anything happens, during the tidal wave as well as after it as we see the effect is has on them all.

Director Review: Roar UthaugRoar gives us a beautifully shot disaster film that follows the easy steps without becoming over the top or silly like many films in the genre.


Action: The Wave has that stunning tidal wave sequence which will have you on the edge for the duration.

Thriller: The Wave keeps you on edge from start to finish as we watch Kristian and his family before, during and after the tidal wave.

Settings: The Wave shows us how the people would be living right next to this disaster zone and how easily they could be affect if anything happened.
Special Effects
: The Wave uses amazing effects to create a tidal wave that makes San Andreas look like an asylum movie.

Suggestion: The Wave is a must watch for all disaster fans out there as it truly is outstanding. (Must Watch)


Best Part: The Tidal Wave is fantastically shot.

Worst Part: A few cliché mistakes that all disaster films make.

Oh My God Moment: Tidal Wave.


Believability: While the story is mad up the idea of this happening is a reality.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Dante’s Peak


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

Tagline:  It was only a matter of time.
Trivia: Sold over 141.000 tickets in Norway on the first weekend of release.

Overall: Stunningly shot film that puts most disaster film to shame.



Opinion Battles Round 6 Favourite Young Adult Movie

opinion battlesOpinion Battles Round 6 Favourite Young Adult Movie

With Divergent: Allegiant hitting the cinemas I think it would be a great choice to look at our favourite Young Adult movies because let’s face it we get as many of these as we do superhero movies. The films are usually designed to be a series from a set of books. So what is the most popular Young Adult film?

If you want to take part in Opinion Battles we will be looking at Worst Remake, the closing date for choices will be Sunday 3rd April 2016 you can send you choice to

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Odd Thomasthomas

Odd Thomas is from a series of books by Dean Koontz which follows Odd Thomas as he tries to help the recently deceased pass over, he also has to deal with the demons of the afterlife. Odd works with his girlfriend Stormy who I say have the best chemistry I have ever seen in this genre of film and could easily be the best in most modern films. The two go about their normal days working as a chef in Odd case and at the Ice Cream stand in Stormy’s. This shows that Odd has to become the hero of the town and leaves the story open for the next chapter.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams

City of Ember


City of Ember is a completely underrated young adult movie adapted from a series of books with the same name.  It was fun and adventurous.  The world is imaginative and believable.  While it doesn’t quite know what tone to use from Bill Murray being the awkward mayor and the younger cast with Luke Treadaway and Saoirse Ronan, it takes us on a journey to escape and find a way so that everyone can survive the impending doom on the collapse of their city as they slowly run out of electricity.  There are nothing less than thrills and adventures. 


Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

The Princess Diaries


This might seem like a pretty strange selection coming from me but I have always had a soft spot for The Princess Diaries.  First, it was the film that introduced us to the lovely and talented Anne Hathaway.  Second, it tells a great message about being yourself.  Many people can relate to Mia’s awkwardness, so right off the bat the audience has someone to connect with.  Plus, it has the always fantastic Julie Andrews.  This should be a mandatory watch for all young teenagers.  The Princess Diaries is a genuine feel good film that I can watch over and over again.


Paul – Return to the 80s

The Outsiders


I was always a reader. As I approached my teens, I discovered S.E. Hinton’s Young Adult novels: Tex, That Was Then… This Is Now, Rumble Fish, and my favorite of them all, The Outsiders. All of those novels were adapted to film, and The Outsiders was the best one, and was released in 1983.


We don’t need sparkly vampires or dystopian futures to express teen angst. Instead, we go to 1960’s Oklahoma, and observe the rivalry of two gangs: The Greasers and The Socs. Both gangs come from different sides of the track. The Greasers come from poor, working class families, and the Socs are more well off. The story centers around Ponyboy Curtis and his best friend, Johnny Cade. An incident causes the two friends to go into hiding at an old abandoned church. They pass the time talking, playing poker, reading Gone With the Wind, and famously the Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”.


When things start to look up, their friend Dallas comes and gets them. They go into town to eat some good food for the first time in a while. When they return to the church, it is on fire, with children trapped inside. The three friends go in and rescue the children, and things don’t turn out too well.


Later on, the two gangs have a rumble, and we see a very powerful meltdown, giving a very sobering and brilliant ending to a brilliant story.


This is a perfect YA movie for several reason. The book was outstanding, and the movie was pretty faithful. And get a load of the people involved with this movie. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It starred C. Thomas Howell (Ponyboy Curtis) in just his second movie (after a minor role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), Ralph Macchio (Johnny Cade) in his second feature film, Matt Dillon (Dallas Winston), who was probably the most established star of this movie, Rob Lowe (Sodapop Curtis) in his film debut, Patrick Swayze (Darrel Curtis) in his third feature film, Emilio Estevez (“Two-Bit” Matthews) in his second movie, Tom Cruise (Steve Randle) in his second movie, Diane Lane (Cherry Valance), and Leif Garrett (Bob Sheldon). Whoever casted this movie should be in some kind of hall of fame. I highly recommend this movie. It is only 90 minutes, and it doesn’t even feel that long. 


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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower


What’s my favorite Young Adult film? That’s actually a really difficult question as it’s hard to define the genre that’s now widely known as “Young Adult”. 

When I was growing up, a lot of books & movies I loved would now be considered YA but, at the time, the term didn’t really exist like it does now so they weren’t called that. One of my favorite movies is Stand By Me – if that was made now, would it be categorized as Young Adult?? I can’t stand the thought of some of my 80’s favorites now being considered YA! I hate how so many things get the “Young Adult” label attached to them now as a lot of people instantly turn their noses up if they hear that something is YA. Which is a shame, as some of the books & films with that label are fantastic. The Outsiders, which is a classic book, would instantly be called YA now and would probably not get the same level of respect because of it. 

So, for this question, I’m going to go with a “modern” Young Adult film that came along after the wide usage of the term. I choose The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. When I went to this movie, I knew nothing at all about it and didn’t even know that there was a book. I think it REALLY helped as I didn’t know beforehand that I would be watching yet another thing that had been labelled as “Young Adult”. Sure it has teenage characters but it’s just a really good movie and I found that, even at my age, I could relate to them. Of course, it was actually SET in my teenage years (1991), which probably helped. But that meant that it also had a great soundtrack! Between the story, acting, time period, and soundtrack, I just thought it was a damn good film. Whatever its label..

Summer – Serendipitous Anachronisms

The Hunger Games: Catching Firehunge games catching fire

There was no doubt which film is my absolute favorite YA Film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I’ll be honest after finishing Harry Potter, I was a skeptic, and being over the age of 12 getting sucked into another series of books and films aimed at the YA category seemed like a terrible idea. Even more terrible when I considered I stopped read books aimed at the YA category at 9. So I bit the bullet and allowed yet another dalliance in a “kid’s book”. And once again, I found a captivating story. While I loved Harry Potter, the films are subpar when compared with the books. But The Hunger Games delivers in its film adaptations, and Catching Fire is my favorite in the series.


Catching Fire thrusts Katniss and Peeta once again back into The Hunger Games for the “Quarter Quell” now battling against each district’s champions. But what sets this film apart from its prequel is that it raises the stakes, in a major way. While The Hunger Gameswas about Katniss’s personal journey, Catching Fire broadens the focus and sets the stage for the forthcoming revolution. Catching Fire is about growth and change and Jennifer Lawrence gives a phenomenal performance as Katniss becomes more aware of the world around her. As she twirls on the stage and her wedding dress burns and becomes the Mockingjay dress all pretense is cast away, it is clear this movie is going to go to a dark place. While The Hunger Games tackles the dystopian future, it offers a sharp critique of our current cult of celebrity, politic, and our increasing dependence on fashion and technology.


Most of all I adore The Hunger Games because no matter how bleak the world may be there is always hope. Like many epic fantasy stories, the underlying message is that one person can make a difference, and occasionally it is nice to see that person be a girl.


Emma – Emma Explains It All

Battle Royale 


I’ve loved this film since the first time I saw it and I’ve probably shown it to any boyfriend I’ve had since then. So if any of my ex’s are reading this, hey I might have wound you up but at least I introduced you to a great movie.


Battle Royale is based on a novel published in 1999. It’s action packed, mad, brilliant fun, mental, humorous, original and it has a cracking soundtrack too. Is it a YA film? Definitely! The central characters are all school kids and the story follows their plight (trapped on an island, forced to kill each other). It’s just not….meant for kids to watch….is that allowed Darren? Oh well too late now – let battle commence! 


Dan – Slip/Through



This captivating Japanese Young Adult franchise was totally ripped off by the HUNGER GAMES. The premise is eerily similar, but BATTLE ROYALE executes it far better. HUNGER GAMES was like a watered down Disney-fied version of this R-Rated Midnight Screening Cult Classic. In this controversial flick, high school students are forced to kill each other, one by one, until only a single victor remains. These kids don’t want to participate, it’s clear they have no choice. If they disagree, a collar around their neck will explode. They are sent into the “battlefield” (a.k.a. an isolated island chosen for these “games”) with a bag containing a secret “power-up” – inside could be a weapon or a tool (like a gun or binoculars). Some students pair off, forming alliances to defeat the competition; while others, refusing to participate, take their own lives. The stakes feel much higher than HUNGER GAMES, perhaps because we see the effects of violence. There are several intense sequences and several memorable characters (on the good side and on the bad). This isn’t a movie you can just shake loose. The sequel is just as provocative. 


BATTLE ROYALE is the best YA because it shows the true power and capabilities of its young protagonists – their wins don’t come easily. Social commentary doesn’t overwhelm the action, but there is still a bleak message conveyed. Our adventure here doesn’t need to be set in an apocalypse to get our attention, the pulse-pounding concept alone is terrifying without any spectacle of crumbled buildings or CGI disaster. 


BATTLE ROYALE is grimy and down-to-earth brutal. This cult classic deserves to rise out of the shadows of Hollywood’s vapid blockbusters. It weighs more than any number of hollow YA adventures. 


S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 


While there are plenty of recent romantic and dystopian YA movies to choose from, I chose to go back to one of the great comedies of the ‘80s: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. With the exception of his sister and principal, Matthew Broderick’s lovable slacker and “righteous dude” is universally loved by motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, and moviegoers everywhere. Coaxing along his friends Cameron and Sloan, the teen who always gets off scot-free tours Chicago on the ultimate daydream for unaccompanied minors. Full of memorable scenes and quotes, including one of the first after-credits scenes that is still influencing pop culture, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a fun romp for young adults and old alike. Oh, yeah!


J – Film & Nuance

The Spectacular Now


The Spectacular Now remains my favourite young adult film ever. The film isn’t as widely known as it should be and it’s a shame that Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller’s stellar performances are overshadowed by The Divergent Series. The Spectacular Now is a real film. It’s not cheesy and doesn’t attempt to provide easy catharsis for its characters. It’s the one film that doesn’t leave you with the impression that all is well or that all will be well. Simply put, it encapsulates the turmoil and thrill of a teenager’s life without opting for easy resolutions and run-of-the-mill plots.


The Spectacular Now will wow you with two different characters whose journey toward maturity is so vibrant and in the now. The film’s added layer of the future, looming and imminent and scary as it is, puts the teens life and motivations into perspective. Troubled, complex, real and triumphant, The Spectacular Now will remain a timeless tribute to all the teens like myself, who find it hard to let go of our childish youth and navigate the difficult path toward adulthood. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this film 🙂


Daniel – A Tale of Two Dans

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is a humbling experience and despite whatever generation you hark from there is the common ground of having lived through those teenage years and this film revels in those magic moments and the people that help form who we are. Logan Lerman perfectly captures the struggles of a teenager in high school and Emma Watson’s kindred spirit is so enjoyable to watch. Paul Rudd and Joan Cusack are both fantastic as well, making this the best YA adaptation ever in my opinion


Lily – What About Movies

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

 me and earl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is an adaptation of a young adult novel about friendship in the midst of a terminal illness, which is actually popular in the film industry right now. But one of the many refreshing pleasures of this film is its different take from the usual young adult adaptations. Though all of the teen dramedy tropes are still present, it doesn’t succumbed to cliches that we have seen so many times in other teen cancer films. The film’s approach to the cancer element feels different. The dying girl’s friendship with the main protagonist is both darkly funny and truthfully serious. The story doesn’t try to be too miserable and sappy because of a dying person, but made an effort to show how laughter and company can ease the pain, even if not curing it. It is hilarious and goofy but is also filled with touching and tear-jerking moments. Also, the camera plays an important role in this film. The short film parodies of classic films plus the stop-motion animation are both entertaining and admirable to watch. This is truly a charming and thoughtful tribute to film and friendship.


Rob – Movie Rob

The Fault In Our Stars


When I think of YA films, most people think of teen titles like The Hunger games, Maze Runner, Divergent or even the Twilight movies. 

For some reason, I had a bit of trouble connecting with most of these films because they all feel like a bit too much.  

Of the books, I’ve only read the HG series and loved that series (until it got to be a bit much by the 3rd book) but the movies just didn’t do it for me (especially after reading the books)

For those reasons mentioned above, I decided to go in a completely different direction with this choice and choose The Fault in Our Stars (2014).

It is a great story about courage, perseverance and love in a world with characters that are teens but must deal with very adult problems.  Hazel and Gus are such great characters and it’s so easy to fall in love with them (and also understand why they fall in love with each other).

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley are both superb in this film and they help us deal with trying to find the parts in life that stand out for the better (basically to find the greatness among all the crap) and to live each moment t the best of our ability.

Despite being a movie about teen cancer, this is so uplifting that it shows how life can be so hopeful even in the direst circumstances.