A simple question gets asked at the start of project week in the autocracy class group;
“can a dictatorship be possible again,” meaning could a Third Reich style fascist autocracy be possible in today world. A simple question put by Mr. Weigner, in ‘The Wave;’ a most powerful German film.
The social experiment was, simple show the student what unity, uniformity, discipline, power, community and every other propagandist words you could use to rile up a social group, which within a week become a club of a member’s only club. The wave become its own little club were many students learn about themselves but at the same time start to become a special segregated group that not necessarily does anything bad, only a few vandalism acts, but soon a few of the students begin to question the need, and the reason for having the wave as part of their lives.
In the final scene the teacher attempt to show what a problem autocracy, dictatorship can cause by singling out a “traitor” amongst them and what should be done with him, the group, now bigger than just a class, see that the way they have been behaving and the answer to the question becomes very real, when Tim, one of the students that becomes more absorbed by the groups stigma, pulls out a gun and refuses to let anyone leave, because he cannot let the wave simply end.
“The wave has been my whole life,” Tim screams after he has shot one of his friends in the shoulder and before he puts the final touch on the wave’s chapter.
This was a fluke of a pick to see on my Netflix, but has instantly become one of my favorite movies ever seen, quite the ride and the way it makes you think and the way it portrays how other countries school their young is amazing and must see if you can handle the subtitles, great film, 4.5 start from me.