The Wave – USA, 2019 – reviews


The Wave is a 2019 American science fiction feature film about a corporate guy who takes a mysterious hallucinogenic drug that begins to tear down his reality.

Directed by Gille Klabin – making his feature directorial debut – from a screenplay written by Carl W. Lucas (Illegal), the Echo Wolf Productions movie stars Tommy Flanagan (Sin City), Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers), Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) and Donald Faison.


Frank (Justin Long), an opportunistic insurance lawyer, thinks he’s in for the time of his life when he goes out on the town to celebrate a soon-to-be promotion with his co-worker, Jeff (Donald Faison). However, their night takes a turn for the worst when he is dosed with a hallucinogen that alters his perception and changes his life forever…

Frank is thrown into a psychedelic quest weird board meetings, nightclubs, shootouts, and alternate dimensions. As Frank ping-pongs across reality, he finds himself on a mission to find a missing girl, himself… and his wallet.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The strong performances, sure pacing and visual flair are what carry the film, underlining what it has to say about self-reflection and becoming […] To call The Wave frenetic, action-packed, might give readers the sense it exists simply to inspire genre thrills, but it sings with the desperation of Frank’s character in-between moments of visual madness and hilarity.” Screen Anarchy

” …a messy, but enjoyable mix of action thriller and head trip. The Wave could have been better with a bit more focus so it isn’t quite as scattered. An ending that wasn’t so obvious would have helped too. However, the pace of much of the film along with some great visuals helps distract from the script’s sloppiness. And thankfully it never gets to bogged down with the heavier topics it deals with.” Voices from the Balcony


The Wave had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 21st 2019. It is distributed by Epic Pictures.

Cast and characters:

  • Tommy Flanagan … Aeolus
  • Justin Long … Frank
  • Sheila Vand … Theresa
  • Donald Faison … Jeff
  • Katia Winter … Natalie
  • Bill Sage … Jonas
  • Sarah Minnich … Cheryl
  • Ronnie Gene Blevins … Ritchie
  • Monique Candelaria … Olive
  • Blythe Howard … Jessica Warren
  • Denise Gurule … Lily
  • Jacob Browne … Lamont
  • Mark Teich … Ralph
  • Jocelyn Montoya … Not Theresa
  • Carl W. Lucas … Big Jesus

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