Lent: Part 31

The Wave (Bølgen, 2015) – I don’t watch enough Scandinavian cinema. I’ve certainly not seen enough Scandinavian disaster movies. Are there more? Recommendations, please. Although some of the characters may have made decisions I think I would not make in the same situation, I never felt like I had to suspend my disbelief to accept that they made those decisions. The reluctance of the other scientists to act on troubling sensor readings had shades of the Jaws mayor’s refusal to close the beach in the height of tourist season, but it at least felt like calculated risk rather than movie villain crap. Everyone in town seems to know exactly how long it will take for a wave to make it to them, though, and it was exactly ten minutes. I had a problem with that.

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