“Don’t take drugs from strangers” is a warning pounded into your head from the first moment you wander into the world of mind-altering substances. However, in the trailer for Gille Klabin’s feature film debut, The Wave, Justin Long’s character obviously never heard that advice. Sometimes, taking hallucinogens from a guy you’ve never met before has strange, life-altering consequences.
Here is The Wave’s official synopsis:
Frank (Justin Long, Accepted), 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, Scrubs), but their night takes a turn for the worst when Frank is dosed with a hallucinogen that alters his perception and changes his life forever. He is thrown into a psychedelic quest through 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 Wave looks like it will be a wild and trippy ride, which is obviously appropriate. It bursts with bright pinks and purples, and images twist and blur like a kaleidoscope. Frank can’t stop tripping, and the film’s aesthetic matches that hellish experience. It also seems to include scenes where Frank is tripping at work, which is an absolutely horrifying prospect.
I’m excited to see more of Justin Long. He was the nerdy heartthrob of my teenage years as I pined after his knobby knees in Accepted and Dodgeball. While he never left acting—shout out to his full body transformation in Tusk—this seems like a film that could get him back on the map.
The Wave also stars Tommy Flanagan (Braveheart), Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) Katia Winter (The Catch), and Ronnie Gene Blevins (True Detective).
The Wave’s world premiere is September 21 at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. What do you think of the trailer? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!