Relying heavily on dramatic music to tell a thriller tale, Cave (2016) is another Norwegian disappointment.
This is an adventure thriller film about three friends who plan to go through a cave and come out alive. Charlotte (Heidi Toini), Adrian (Mads Sjøgård Pettersen) and Viktor (Benjamin Helstad) are former soldiers who seem to be thrill-seekers. From the beginning we see them racing up a long and windy road up a mountain. Yes, this might have helped to build portraits of these characters, but the whole thing seemed like a very long car commercial. With the cheesy line deliveries and typical Norwegian theatrical acting, this so-called commercial lasted way too long. However, it did get better once they entered the cave.
Throughout the movie eerie things happen, and we are left to wonder what is going on. Piece by piece, we understand what really is happening. Later, the clues will make you realize why some events were the way they were. In the end, we are left with confusion and presented with a sequel that comes out next year.
Filled with dramatic, exciting music by composer Johannes Ringen, this film will make you feel like you have been on a bumpy, yet short ride. It relies too heavily on this generic but good music, since the actors’ dialogues are weak and the plot is poorly made. However, there are beautiful views of mountains coupled with a decent film editing. Also, interesting camera techniques are used. The pros of this film are some scenes down in the cave. Here is where Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken’s directing skills are at their best, revealing his creative potential.
Director: Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken
Release date: September 2nd, 2016
Text: Jennifer Britt Lundberg Hansen