Friday, March 18, 2011

The Wave (2008)

The Wave / Die Welle (2008)

Genre: Drama
Director: Dennis Gansel
Starring: Jurgen Vogel, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich, Jacob Matschenz, Frederick Lau
Duration: 107 min.
Rating: 7.3/10

A high school teacher's unusual experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own


The Wave directed by Dennis Gansel, is a German movie based on a novel of the same name by Todd Strasser.  It is a gripping and ironic film that portrays a social experiment gone wrong and how easily a society could turn to fascism.  It was well directed with great pacing and development, and the cast of mostly teenagers were quite good.  I have to wonder though, if it would have been a more powerful work if set someplace other than Germany.


Adalmin said...

The PREMISE. Also love the use of lines - the fifth image of the girl in red raising her arm with the black shadow cutting behind it is really amazing.

Asdfg said...

like the recent tsunami O_o
keep up the good work i love the movie reviews :)

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yeah that really is a great image.

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