Filmmaker Roar Uthaug burst onto the scene in 2016 with the Norwegian disaster film “The Wave.” His work taking strong characters and mixing them with the large action set pieces that populate most disaster films was so lauded that it landed him the coveted job of directing this year’s “Tomb Raider.” Of course, the debate still rages about the latter film’s quality, but that’s neither here nor there. However, “The Wave” was such a hit in Norway and abroad that a sequel is coming soon, simply titled “The Quake.”
And in the trailer for “The Quake,” you can see why audiences are eating up this brand of disaster film. With all the special effects and destruction seen in most American disaster films, but with the promise of quality actors and a good story, “The Quake” looks to be a worthy successor to “The Wave.”
However, this time, Uthaug isn’t directing the film (as he was busy with “Tomb Raider,” no doubt) and is replaced by John Andreas Andersen. Like Uthaug before him, Andersen is relatively new to filmmaking but looks to be just as skilled at making a disaster film.
Magnet Releasing is handling distribution of “The Quake” and the film will hit theaters, On Demand, on iTunes and on Amazon Prime Video December 14.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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?