2015's "The Wave" was a smart and exciting Norwegian thriller that introduced us to a scientist predicting disaster.
In 2019's THE QUAKE, Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is back at center stage along with the original cast. He's shying away from the fame and admiration brought on by his actions in the last film.
Now relocated in Oslo, his emotional issues have driven a separation from his wife and a difficult wedge between him and his children.
New tensions mount when Kristian begins to discover evidence that a major quake even larger than the legendary 1904 Quake is about to strike.
Friends and family think that Kristian's gone off the deep end, but has he? Anyone's that's seen "The Wave" will probably bet on him!
Loaded with excellent special effects, strong family drama and great performances, it's like "San Andreas" with a lot more culture.
Anyone phobic of sub titles should avoid, but it's well worth the effort.
These are real family relationships caught in a huge seismic event, not the typical Hollywood stock stereotypes dodging falling buildings.
Joner holds the center of the film effortlessly as a far more intelligent action hero than American audiences are typically offered.
If you haven't seen either of these terrific Norwegian films, take the plunge. While not quite up to the original "Wave", "The Quake" offers enough suspense and thrills to earn a solid B.