The Quake (2018) (Blu-ray Review)
DIRECTED BY: John Andreas Andersen
STARRING: Kristoffer Joner, Hang Tran, Ane Dahl Torp
RATED: UR/REGION A/2:40/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Magnolia Pictures
After surviving The Wave, Kristian (Joner) and his family find themselves at the center of another natural disaster. This time, the ground beneath Oslo, Norway can’t be trusted. For geologists like Kristian, studying the daily quakes proves that it’s no longer a matter of if, but when the next catastrophic event will strike. Will it surpass the devastating earthquake that destroyed the city in 1904? The Quake follows Kristian as he makes a perilous attempt to help his wife, daughter and others escape a crumbling skyscraper when nature takes its course again.
Well, it’s that time again! Time to sit back and watch another disaster movie. This is a Norwegian film that originally had the title of Skjelvet. Then again, it is also the sequel to the 2015 movie, The Wave. Which wasn’t too shabby for a disaster flick. This one isn’t too shabby either as we pick up a few years after the original with things looking bleak for our characters even before the quake hits. Our leads from the last film aren’t as jolly as they once were and it seems it is going to take a giant quake to bring them together, but will the effects of it also tear them apart…for good? Well, you’ll have to check that out for yourself, but I will say the effects in the film are very good and the acting is what takes this one up a few notches then it might be without it. You can’t always depend on such things as logic when dealing with a movie like this one, but it is nice to know you can count on the acting at least being good.
The tension is another thing this movie does well. You can expect action and that is here too, but the movie puts these characters in some tense situation where you can just never be sure if they are going to get out of it alive or not. That is what it takes to makes these movies work even a little and The Quake succeeds in being at least a tense and entertaining movie. It still might just be a popcorn movie but its one you should enjoy watching regardless, especially if you were a fan of The Wave. I don’t know if I like this one better than that one overall or not, but I did enjoy this one enough to say it’s at least worth watching once. Plus, it has been a bit since we had a movie like this so it might be a good time for it since the market isn’t overflowing like before.
– Behind The Scenes Featurettes
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 95%