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August 4, 2008 | by  | in Film | [ssba]

The Wave

Directed by Dennis Gansel

“Could there ever be another dictatorship in Germany?” Actually forget Germany. Could there ever be another organically developed dictatorship in a First World country? It would seem so. And you know what? I can’t blame us. Neither does this film. It doesn’t blame anyone for a natural organically created dictatorship. Everyone willingly gives up their autonomy for the betterment of the community as a whole. Is this healthy? Seems to be.

Until it all falls apart.

But it falls apart because their leader sees the dictatorship taking on a life of it’s own, and as a responsible teacher finds it his duty to bring the experiment to an end,

The Wave is an incredibly powerful message about the deepest heart of the human psyche. We don’t need a lot of convincing to give up our decision making privileges. We like being told what to do. And we like having an authority figure. And this is a shining example of what it takes to create that.

The film it has a very stark look to it. The story is the star here and the photography is there to show it in its best light. Nothing is hidden and nothing is secret for the audience. The soundtrack is well thought out and in keeping with the setting.

The actors, except for a few unfortunate exceptions, are doing their job well and are very compelling to watch. I’m still not sure why Wenger’s wife or girlfriend was pregnant, but it certainly adds an ominous overtone to his personality shift.

Is it an accurate representation of the original Californian experiment? No idea. And I don’t care. It’s a movie that stands its own ground and will not be ignored. It’s not comfortable to watch, but then nothing that shines a light on our darker side should be comfortable.


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