Movies Directed by Roar Uthaug so far. We explore the director’s career so far and list his movies to date.
Who is Roar Uthaug?
Roar Uthaug is a popular Norwegian director that graduated from The Norwegian Film School in 2005. As well as short films, Roar also directed adverts and music videos too. Roar was born on August 25th, 1973, in Lerenskog, Norway.
Movies Directed by Roar Uthaug so far
A Fistful of Kebab (1998)
This was a short film Roar made, described as Norway’s first kebab western.
The Martin Administration (2002)
This is another short but is notable as this would be only the second student film in Norway to be nominated for the Student Academy Awards. The story follows Martin who is going on a blind date with Nora. However, it seems Nora is more interested in government secrets.
Cold Prey (2006)
This is a change for Roar, as he presents us with a good old-fashioned slasher flick. The plot follows a group of friends that encounter trouble on a skiing trip. When one of the group breaks a leg, they must take shelter in an abandoned hotel. The place has been closed for thirty years, but before long the tragic thrill seekers realize, they are not alone.
Magic Silver (2009)
Off on another tangent again, this is essentially a Christmas movie, based on a TV show, but taking place a hundred years before the timeline of the show. Predominantly a children’s movie, this is the story of the first meeting between two groups of gnomes, red and blue ones, and their quest for the fabled Blue Silver. This franchise must have been popular, as a sequel was released in 2011.
This 2012 thriller takes place in the 14th century and follows a harrowing tale of two girls on the run from bandits led by Ingrid Bolsø Berda. Against a bleak and horrific backdrop of The Black Death, this chase movie was a dark and gripping thriller that drifts into the realm of horror, and its short runtime of only seventy-eight minutes means that things zip along at a good pace.
The Wave (2015)
Roar has a go at a disaster movie here and is about the Akerneset crevice imploding and causing a huge wave that destroys everything it comes in contact with. Kristian Eikjord is a geologist on his last day, in the holiday destination of Geiranger. However, before leaving with his wife and kids, he returns to his work to find that disaster may have occurred, and before long the Tsunami is underway threatening everyone and everything in its path. The film uses its premise to scare the audience that this could happen at any time and was also put forward to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign language Film but did not get nominated.
Tomb Raider (2018)
Tomb Raider was perhaps the highest-profile film that Roar had to work on, and was a British and US co-production, based on the classic video game of the same name. This was a bit of a reboot or reimagining, or whatever we are calling these things today, and starred Alicia Vikander as Lara. Roar tried hard to bring a grittier version of the premise to the big screen, and this is reflected in the action set pieces and special effects. However, the film was not the success they expected. A sequel was proposed but issues over the rights led to the franchise slowly slipping out of sight.
It seems that a Norwegian Troll creature has been reawakened, and a group of unlikely heroes must somehow come together to fight the darn thing. Expect Norway’s answer to Godzilla here with Netflix’s Troll, with a giant monster making its way through the beautiful Norwegian countryside, hopefully heading to the nearest major city. this 12-certificate slice of hokum looks like good fun, just in time for the holiday season.
Roar Uthaug seems to have pretty much been consistently working, and though he may not have received great critical acclaim, he certainly seems like a safe pair of hands, so expect to see more from him in the future.