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Nordsjøen (2021)

Directed by:
John Andreas Andersen

INTERNATIONAL TITLE
The Burning Sea

COUNTRY
Norway

GENRE
Disaster

RUNNING TIME
104 minutes

Produced by:
Therese Bøhn
Catrin Gundersen
Martin Sundland
Screenwriter:
Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
Lars Gudmestad


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Sofia Kristine Kujath Thorp ½
Stian Henrik Bjelland
Arthur Rolf Kristian Larsen ½
Ronny Anders Baasmo ½
William Lie Bjørn Floberg
Gunn Anneke von der Lippe -
Steiner Skagemo Christoffer Staib -
Berit Ane Skumsvoll -
Jasin Cengiz Al -
Odin Nils Elias Olsen -

 

Review

Here is another entry in the ongoing surge of Norwegian disaster movies, which counts box-office successes such as Bølgen, Skjelvet, and more recently, Tunnelen. This time, we're going offshore to look at the potential dangers of the North Sea oil industry. The script by Harald Rosenløw-Eeg and Lars Gudmestad follows a classic genre-recipe, but director John Andreas Andersen (who also helmed the aforementioned Skjelvet) isn't able to lift the story from the pages. We're stuck in the mire (of oil) with a handful of semi-interesting characters who are overly focused on all too familiar disaster movie elements such as family and sacrifice. There are some well-crafted individual scenes with real suspense, but they're embedded in a somewhat uninspired framework which makes the film ultimately a little underwhelming.

Copyright © 16.10.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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