The Quake (film)

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The Quake
The Quake poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Andreas Andersen
Produced byAre Heidenstorm
Written by
  • John Kåre Raake
  • Harald Rosenløw-Eeg
Music byJohannes Ringen
Johan Söderqvist
CinematographyJohn Christian Rosenlund
Edited byChristian Siebenherz
Distributed byNordisk Filmdistribusjon
Release date
  • 31 August 2018 (2018-08-31)
Running time
106 minutes

The Quake (Norwegian: Skjelvet) is a 2018 Norwegian disaster film directed by John Andreas Andersen. It is the sequel to The Wave and was released in Norwegian theaters on 31 August 2018.


A year after the rockslide in Geiranger, geologist Kristian Eikjord is preparing to appear on a talk show, and is hailed as a hero for saving hundreds of lives in the disaster.

3 years later, Idun is divorcing him and he is separated from Sondre and Julia. Kristian is living in seclusion in the mostly rebuilt Geiranger, while his family moves to Oslo. Idun has a new job as a hotel worker at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel.

Julia comes to visit Kristian for a weekend in Geiranger. Disappointed by how little he tends to her, she requests to go back home. That night, she discovers a secret room in Kristian's house dedicated to the 250 fatalities of the tsunami. She confronts Kristian about this, who reveals he feels responsible for their deaths. Despite Julia's admonishment that she now wants to stay the weekend, Kristian still sends her home early, calling her distractive. Some time later, the death of a colleague in the Oslo Tunnel prompts Kristian to travel to Oslo to investigate the circumstances of his death.

Upon arriving in Oslo, Kristian finds out that his colleague was killed by a collapse in the tunnel he was studying, and discovers that he was researching seismic movement across Oslo and the surrounding area. Researching the incident further with the help of his colleague's daughter Marit, Kristian eventually comes to the conclusion that a major earthquake, up to a 8.5 on the Richter Scale, may soon hit Oslo, and that the collapse that killed his colleague may have been a pre-cursor movement to that. His attempts to warn his family are mostly ignored. That night, a massive power outage takes out all the electricity in the city, and a seismic rift destroys the Oslo Opera House, and injures Idun, who had arrived to watch Julia's ballet recital. Believing it to be a coincidence, Idun chooses to stay in Oslo. After an argument, Idun orders Kristian to stay away from her and the kids until he gets help.

Kristian's continued attempts to warn his family backfire, leading to his wife ordering him to never speak to her again. Kristian does however convince Sondre to leave college for a week to a safer place. Determined to save his family, he picks Julia up from her ballet class early, and heads to the Radisson Blu skyscraper with Julia and Marit to try and convince Idun to flee Oslo with them, and afterwards they will go pick up Sondre. Finding Idun on the 41st story, he pulls a fire alarm to get her and everyone else to evacuate. Julia wanders into the building to find her father, with Marit in pursuit. As the elevator doors close, Kristian sees Julia on the other end of the room. Despite attempting to call out to her, the doors close and the elevator begins to auto-descend. Suddenly, the power goes out. Marit finds Julia on the balcony, looking in the distance. The reflection in the glass door behind Marit reveals a trail of smoke and explosions, caused by an approaching earthquake, heading straight for the hotel. Marit grabs Julia and runs inside as the first shockwave from the quake hits, knocking Marit unconscious. The ceiling of Sondre's lecture hall collapses, killing the professor and several students, and injuring Sondre's girlfriend. Kristian and Idun's elevator rapidly drops down the shaft, knocking Idun unconscious and injuring Kristian.

Some time later, Marit wakes, finding Julia tending to an injured hotel worker. Next to the Radisson Blu, the Posthuset building shifts and then collapses directly into the right side of the Radisson Blu, leaving the 41st story hanging precariously over the wreckage, everything below it destroyed. Following an aftershock, the building begins to tilt. Marit unintentionally lets go of the injured hotel worker's hand, and she slides down the floor and out of the window to her death. Marit loses her grip, and nearly suffers the same fate, but grabs on to the edge of the mounted bar, as Julia hangs on to a railing.

In the elevator shaft, Idun and Kristian are climbing maintenance ladders to get to the top floor. Debris knocked loose by aftershocks ricochets down the shaft and mutilates Idun's leg, forcing Kristian to carry her. They arrive at an open elevator door near the 30th story, and attempt to use a severed elevator cord to swing across to the opening. Kristian succeeds, but Idun falls to her death. A devastated Kristian heads to the place where he last saw Julia, and finds her and Marit huddling behind the mounted bar. A final aftershock causes Julia to lose her balance, and she slides down the floor towards the broken window. Kristian jumps after her, and pushes her out of the way, knocking himself unconscious in the process. When he comes to, he finds Julia precariously balancing on a cracking window. Carefully approaching Julia, he manages to grab her before the window breaks, and with Marit's help, pulls her up. Together, they leave the hotel.

Some time later, Marit enters her office to find it mostly destroyed, except for a picture of her as a child with her father. A reunited Kristian, Julia, and Sondre arrive at their old home in Geiranger by ferry.


  • Kristoffer Joner as Kristian Eikjord, a 40-year old experienced geologist[1]
  • Ane Dahl Torp as Idun Eikjord, Kristian's wife
  • Jonas Hoff Oftebro as Sondre Eikjord, Kristian's 20-year-old son
  • Edith Haagenrud-Sande as Julia Eikjord, Kristian's 11-year-old daughter
  • Kathrine Thorborg Johansen as Marit Lindblom


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, The Quake holds an approval rating of 81% based on 31 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "A satisfyingly smart action thriller, The Quake delivers plenty of nail-biting tension without sacrificing character development or common sense."

At the 2019 Amanda Awards, the film received The People’s Amanda and the award for Best Visual Effects.[2] In addition, the film was also nominated in the categories of Best Norwegian Film in Theatrical Release and Best Production Direction/Scenography.[3]


  1. ^ Scott Roxborough (3 December 2015). "Foreign-Language Oscar Spotlight: Norway's Disaster Epic 'The Wave'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Amandavinnerne 2019" (Press release) (in Norwegian). The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund. August 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Amandanominasjonene 2019" (Press release) (in Norwegian). The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.

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