THE WAVE (2019) Reviews of trippy sci-fi movie


The Wave is a 2019 American science fiction 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.


“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


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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