Film Review: THE QUAKE (Skjelvet) (Norway 2018)

Festival Reviews

The Quake Poster
In 1904 an earthquake of magnitude 5.4 on the Richter scale shook Oslo, with an epicenter in the “Oslo Graben” which runs under the Norwegian capital. There are now signs that indicate that we can expect a major future earthquake in Oslo.

It was not too long ago, back in 2015 when director Roar Uthaug broke Norwegian box-office record with his disaster movie THE WAVE.  THE WAVE to me was a disappointment after hearing all its hype before reviewing the film.  THE WAVE played like a poor Hollywood blockbuster disaster movie – similar to films like TOWERING INFERNO, TWISTER,  EARTHQUAKE and countless end of the world films.  It was cliche ridden, predictable and unbelievable.  It is bad enough when Hollywood remakes foreign films and…

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