The Quake (Skjelvet)

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A satisfyingly smart action thriller, The Quake delivers plenty of nail-biting tension without sacrificing character development or common sense.



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In 1904 an earthquake with a 5.4 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Oslo. Its epicenter was in the Oslo Rift which runs directly through the Norwegian capital. There are recorded quakes from the rift on a daily basis and geologists cannot be sure, but arguments indicate that we can expect major future earthquakes in this area. When - nobody can say for certain - but we know that the density of people and infrastructure in Oslo is significantly more vulnerable today than in 1904. What if a massive earthquake is looming?


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  • Should be required viewing for all of today's Hollywood franchise jockeys. It shows you how to make one of these things without sacrificing your characters' souls (or your own, for that matter).

    Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For the more open-minded, The Quake offers visceral thrills.

    Dec 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There are fewer special effects shots than we'd see in a Hollywood version, but they are shrewdly deployed and suitably unsettling.

    Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Quake isn't your standard catastrophe drama, even if it does leave viewers shaking in their boots.

    Dec 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's just intelligent and serious enough to give you your escapist cake - deluxe popcorn perils in all their big-screen glory - without making you eat the familiar guilt of empty-calorie overload.

    Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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  • Joner is a capable actor, but he's required here to remain for such a long time in a one-note condition of mental fragility that our sympathy for the character starts to give way to exasperation.

    Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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