Worth Watching - Sept 1: Dennis Gansel's The Wave Trailer

September 1, 2008
Source: Empire

The Wave Trailer

The Wave is an compelling German film that premiered at Sundance earlier this year. It's about a high school teacher who sets up an experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship, but it soon spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. This trailer looks incredible - I'm a bit sad that I missed this at Sundance. It received lukewarm reviews and I never found the time to catch a screening, although it was one I wanted to see. But now that this trailer is out I'm anxious to try and catch it. This is your typical international trailer without any dialogue so as to hide the German language, but it still looks fantastic. Be sure to let us know what you think!

Reviews from Sundance praise the film for its "intoxicating power of conformity." James Greenberg from the Hollywood Reporter writes that "the film opens with a rush of energy and doesn't let up." Thoughts?

Watch the international trailer for The Wave:

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The Wave (aka Die Welle) is both co-written and directed by German filmmaker Dennis Gansel, of Girls on Top and Before the Fall previously. The film was co-written by Gansel and Peter Thorwarth and is based on a novel of the same name written by Todd Strasser. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year but never actually picked up a US distributor. If it does find a distributor, we can expect to see this in theaters sometime in early 2009.

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I remember seeing the telefilm tha was based on the same book as this film. Very powerful stuff; I hope the Germans pulled this off.

Kevin J on Sep 1, 2008


Wow. The Internet is great. Here's the original film (starring Bruce Davidson) in its entirety.

Kevin J on Sep 1, 2008


Wow that looks hell'a interesting.

Zakk Forchilli on Sep 1, 2008


You can read about some other accounts of "The 3rd Wave" here. Very interesting stuff...

James on Sep 1, 2008


OMG! I remember this! It was an afterschool special! I remember it to this day. And now it's on Google Video? AND they are remaking it? Wow. I am amazed.

Mama Gaea on Sep 1, 2008



ramez on Sep 1, 2008


I really don't know why, but it really reminded me of Battle Royale...

SillySil on Sep 1, 2008


the international trailer even looks better than the german one 🙁

NealZ on Sep 2, 2008


looks interesting.....very suspenseful, i'll watch it if it comes out anywhere around here if not i'll definately get a DVD

thejugfather on Sep 2, 2008


I watched this film a couple of months ago, it's very good.

Gabriel on Sep 2, 2008


I remember watching this in school (the old version) and the teacher wasnt the bad guy so it would bee cool to see him as one in this one

Darren on Sep 5, 2008


He isn't really a "bad guy" per se in this one either - but it's true that he becomes a little too comfortable with the power of dictatorship in this school project called "the wave". I really recommend this film, I liked it a lot. It's not perfect, but nevertheless really good!

c-r-u-x on Sep 8, 2008

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