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TIDAL WAVE (BLU RAY)
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: JK Youn

Starring:
Sul Kyung-Gu
Ha Ji-Won and Park Joong-Hoon

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
A few years after a tsunami devastated the lives of several strangers in many ways, they've picked up the pieces to move on with their lives only to come face to face again with the natural disaster.
Is it good movie?
The disaster movie follows a very traditional formula and rarely ever deviates from that formula. Typically, it involves a disaster (duh) that affects a group of people, including the scientist who's been telling everyone about the chaos before it's too late, a person trying to protect his family, young lovers, etc. As disaster strikes, paths are crossed, choices are difficult to make, sacrfices will be made. What makes this type of movie isn't just how pretty the destruction is, it's the people and their lives. Either the movie makes you care or it fails. This movie succeeds where 2012 failed; I cared about these people.

The film takes a very long time establishing a large group of people and setting up their stories, in fact, other than the opening tsunami, you're basically watching a melodrama unfold until the last act where the big one hits. It'll be a turn off for most people who are just looking for lots of destruction, and I was taken aback by the lack of it as well, but I warmed up to the characters long enough to care whether or not they survive, which is due to some strong performances by the leads.

It should be a given that a Korean made film won't have the same type of budget a big Hollywood studio has, so expectations for awesome effects are lessened, and yes at times there are a couple of hokey effects, but more often than not they're pulled off well. Throughout the movie there's some funny scenes to break up the drama but it seemed a little out of place once the tsunami was about to strike. These are minor problems and aren't that big a deal in the end.
Video / Audio
The picture is presented in full 1080p 16X9 widescreen (2:35:1). It's definitely a good looking film, though the few bad effects are easily spotted. Audio comes in Dolby Digital and really booms through the speakers.
The Extras
If you dig it, there's a bunch of expositional deleted scenes. A mildly funny gag reel takes up a bit of time as well. The meat of the features are the small featurettes that cover how the movie was made from the development of the characters, the CG, the music, all the way to how the movie was marketed in other countries. Very interesting stuff.
Last Call
Well, if you've seen disaster movies before, this is no different, just has more heart than most. This was an honest approach that felt like a real effort from people who
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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