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heartfelt one at that!!!!!Unlike most of your typically-mindless
Hollywood blockbuster fare,you get a great character driven story
before the special effects galore happen(aka: disaster)!The first hour and at least 15 to 20 minutes of the film are all about the main characters and focuses on what really drives them and makes
them tick.The story is set in Haeundae,South Korea and focuses on
the upper class,the middle class,and the lower class workers around
the beach area and the city itself and their characters are developed in very interesting ways and the last 40 minutes of the
film is when the MEGA-TSUNAMI strikes the paradise resort city and
focuses on not only just who makes it and who doesn't but also how their lives are completely changed afterwards!There is also dashes
here and there of humor scattered throughout the film just to keep
you from getting too upset.The special effects are truly eye popping and mind blowing and is just as good if not SUPERIOR TO the tidal wave special effects that we've seen in Hollywood disaster movies like:"The Day After Tomorrow","Poseidon",and "2012"!The director of photography also captures some of
the most beautiful and lavish scenery I would never have imagined
existed in Haeundae,South Korea.Who knows how even more lavish and
beautiful it looks on blu-ray since I only have it on DVD.The DVD
special features include the following: deleted scenes,gag reel,the
making of Tidal Wave,and The Project.You can also watch the movie in its original Korean language with English subtitles or in an
English dubbed track.Personally,I prefer it in its original language with English subtitles.I hope this review was helpful.
Tidal Wave uses the idea of a Tsunami to pit it's characters in a life and death struggle against nature. That being said, the first two thirds of the film are really more about charcater development.
In the film Professor Kim, a marine geologist, discovers that a high magnitude earthquake is likely to occur off the shore of Haeundae. There is reason to believe that if a high magnitude quake occurs, a small island off the coast will sink into the ocean causing a Tsunami. However it's the peak season for vacationers in Haeundae, so his concerns are down played by his superiors who would prefer to see the season go on uninterrupted.
As he moniters the earthquake situation, the film spends time developing several groups of characters. They primarily live around the coastal area of Hameundae and are unaware of the impending Tsunami. The characters vary in range. Yeon Hee is one of the main female characters whose father died in the 2004 Tsunami. Her father's dying wish was that Man-Sik look after her. Man-Sik is true to his word and looks after Yeon Hee as she runs her mediocre resturant. The two seem to have an attraction to one another, although Man-Sik is older than Yeon Hee and he seems to feel his role with her should be more of a guardian. Yeon Hee would prefer him to become closer to her though. To make matters worse, Man Sik's mother does not seem to like Yeon Hee very much.
Another set of interesting charcters are Kim-Yi Mi and CHoi Hyung- Sik. Kim Mi is a universtiy student from Seoul vacationing in Haeundae. She comes from a wealthy family but falls off a ship and is rescued by Choi Hyung Sik, a marine rescue team member. The rescue goes a little poorly.Read more ›
This film did have some decent and hilarious moments, but all in all, it just doesn't work even as a standard disaster film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an okay movie. It would have been much better but it was poorly dubbed into English. Ha Ji Won is one of my favorite Korean actresses and hearing someone else's voice when... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chris Douglass
The movie started off kind of slow, but it did keep your interest. Towards the end it was very suspense filled. I enjoyed watching it.Published 13 months ago by Douglas E. Perrrault
The special effects in this movie are really very good but you have to wade through this story of three different relationships to get to the good part near the end. Read morePublished 14 months ago by D. Simmons
Great sound, great quality, great movie, better than many American disaster movies, this one has it all, drama, humor, action. Recommend.Published 14 months ago by mike-t
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