Disaster movies are a tough subgenre. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy watching thousands or millions of people get demolished in some of the worst ways imaginable, especially if there are zero emotional stakes, or if they’re simply treated as an afterthought in a major, CG-heavy summer blockbuster. With The Wave, director Roar Uthaug attempts to ground the disaster movie scenario.
After the jump, watch The Wave trailer.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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