Soundtrack Review: The Wave

Soundtrack Review: The Wave

Bølgen Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Wave by Magnus Beite.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 96
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 30.95
Album Excellence: 81%

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Bølgen AKA The Wave is a 2015 Norwegian disaster film directed by Roar Uthaug and starring Kristoffer Joner, Thomas Bo Larsen and Fridtjov Såheim. Even though awaited, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of Åkneset above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger falls out and creates a 85 meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it. The score is composed by Magnus Beite.

Norwegian movies have gotten bigger and bigger in recent years and this is one of the biggest project for years. I believe it’s the first big disaster movie ever made in Norway and it’s getting rave reviews from Norwegian newspapers. The score will be interesting because I’ve heard that it’s a bit “Hollywood”. We’ll see. The score opens with ‘Facts You Can’t Deny’ and right away, the blockbuster feeling is upon me. Yes it’s big and it’s pretty cool with ominous choir and ostinatos. This is pretty great. I haven’t heard Norwegian film music quite like this before. ‘The Wave – Main Title’ is more calm, almost a bit Thomas Newman calm. It sounds a bit similar musically as well. A lot of ostinatos and it’s the strings that force the theme to come through. I’m enjoying it quite a bit. ‘Mountain Check’ is much more action oriented. The horns are felt as well as the percussion. This is getting really big. The choir is back to further give the cue an “edge” and hey I’m not saying no. In fact, I want more. This is exciting music. I like that Beite is taking the Jablonsky route and create big sounding music, but using themes. That’s my weak spot. Big sounding cues with thematic material is so easy to digest. I love it.

This score is a great counterpart to almost everything that’s been released this year. 2015 has been a year of minimalism and bombastic music is out. Bølgen rides against the current wave with bombastic, big and bold power music and it’s not just big for big’s sake. I feel the music has a purpose. Like the hopelessness feel of ‘It’s Coming’ before going into choir mode. In this case, choir means death is coming. ‘Evacuation’ is taking it a step further and makes it sound like The Dark Knight is riding the wave. ‘Escape To The Hills’ though, that’s something else. Love the percussion and the crying choir giving me and everyone who listens to it power. Once you get through that, you’re safe to enjoy the uplifting and emotional ‘We Are Here’. There is more action coming though, don’t you worry. This has been a blast. Haven’t had this much fun with a big bombastic action score since Mad Max: Fury Road.

1. Facts You Can’t Deny
2. The Wave – Main Title
3. Mountain Check
4. Mother Earth Is Shaking
5. Alarm
6. It’s Coming
7. Evacuation
8. Escape To The Hills *
11. We Are Here
12. Rescue Action
13. Water Kiss
15. It Did Happen

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: The Wave, 8.5 out of 10 based on 4 ratings


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