The 2015 Norwegian disaster film The Wave was quite the success. Not only did it lead to it’s director Roar Uthaug getting selected as the director of the recent Tomb Raider reboot, but it also was hailed as a genuinely good picture. While the backdrop of the story involved a coming tsunami being created as the result of an avalanche in a mountain range in Norway, the film didn’t allow the characters to be lost amongst the CGI and disaster element. The film currently holds an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes in fact. While it may seem implausible and frankly appear to be overkill at first, a sequel was released earlier this year in Norway on August 31st and will see a theatrical release (Alongside a release On Demand) in the US on December 14th.
Titled The Quake, what’s shocking is the sequel seems to be getting equal positive reception, this time being directed by the first film’s cinematographer John Andreas Andersen who took over when Uthaug went to go work on Tomb Raider. The synopsis for The Quake is as follows:
In 1904 an earthquake with a 5.4 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Oslo. Its epicenter was in the Oslo Rift which runs directly through the Norwegian capital. There are recorded quakes from the rift on a daily basis and geologists cannot be sure, but arguments indicate that we can expect major future earthquakes in this area. When – nobody can say for certain – but we know that the density of people and infrastructure in Oslo is significantly more vulnerable today than in 1904. What if a massive earthquake is looming?
Actor Kristoffer Joner returns as Kristian Eikjord, the experienced geologist who worked to save his family in the first film and now must do so again in The Quake. If the trailer released today is any indication, this could be prove to be a surprisingly intense character drama despite the concept of a city-shattering earthquake being nothing new in film:
In addition, check out the new poster released for the film below: