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Skjelvet (2018)

Director:
John Andreas Andersen
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
The Quake
COUNTRY
Norway
GENRE
Disaster
RUNNING TIME
106 minutes
Producer:
Martin Sundland
Screenwriter:
John Kåre Raake
Harald Rosenløw Eeg


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Kristian Eikjord Kristoffer Joner ½
Idun Ane Dahl Torp
Marit Lindblom Kathrine Thorborg Johansen
Julia Eikjord Edith Haagenrud-Sande
Sondre Eikjord Jonas Hoff Oftebro

 

Review

The great-looking and exhilarating action scenes in this modern-day disaster movie set in the Norwegian capital Oslo are unfortunately not matched by the script, which feels contrived and at times forced. The film is a follow-up to Bølgen, with several of the same characters and actors, and the filmmakers places geologist Kristoffer Joner out of sorts and then – incredibly – out of luck once again. The film meanders quite a bit in order to get the characters and the premise exactly where it needs it to be before «skjelvet» (the quake) sets in. And although it doesn't necessarily take away the fun of the action, it reduces the potential quality and effect the film could have had. It's still quite riveting to see the Oslo Plaza on the verge of collapsing, but in the final third the film is also desperately in need of more locations, which most likely the budget did not open for.

Copyright © 30.12.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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