This week’s Thursday Movie Picks, hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, are movies from Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway and sometimes Finland and Iceland).
The first pick is a Norwegian disaster film imaginatively titled The Wave. Unlike most disaster films, The Wave does not encompass the entire world, or even a city for that matter, but it sets itself in a very small Norwegian town named Geiranger. When a large mass of rocks falls into the fjord below a massive 80-foot wave is created. What this Norwegian film does well is build character, you do care about the family caught up in the middle of the catastrophe. The build up is the best bit, though the conclusion shows even the Scandis can’t avoid the Hollywood clichés.
The second pick is a film from Sweden, and you can’t really discuss Scandinavian cinema without mentioning Sweden’s second greatest export, Ingmar Bergman. He’s made many masterpieces, but the film I picked was The Seventh Seal as it’s the most recent Bergman film I have seen.
The next film is a film from the nation of Denmark. Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking is similar to Paul Greengrass’ Captain Philips but instead of taking place on the ship the action focuses on events back at home with the CEO trying to negotiate their release.