106 Min. | Biography – Drama – Sport | September 2011
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Director: Sean McNamara
Staring: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt
Soul Surfer Review: Of course, the core of Soul Surfer is the terrible shark attack that happened to Bethany Hamilton. That kind of thing is universally thought to be so horrific that merely surviving at all would be a triumph of human will. But Bethany Hamilton transcended that by leaps and bounds to become an international icon for what it means to be courageous in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. Her courage, strength, perseverance, dedication, work ethic, professionalism and just plain bare faith have become a model for success to a large number of people all over the world. She has justly earned every accolade, every compliment and every success that sure she feels privileged to have received. Oh, and she’s gorgeous too.
With that incredible young woman’s story as the fodder for the film it was a walk in the park for the film makers. All they had to do was tell the truth and let the facts speak for themselves. But that is something Hollywood has a lot of trouble doing. But this simple formula seems to be what they did, and did masterfully. The setting for Soul Surfer is one of the most breathtaking on earth, so that was easy to enjoy. iN Soul Surfer, The cinematography was excellent as was, of course, the special CGI effects. Makeup and costuming didn’t have much of a stretch, letting the beauty of the islands, its people and the athleticism, beauty and youth of the principal actors deliver what artificiality never could.
The cast OF Soul Surfer was well chosen with the petite AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton and Lorraine Nicholson as Bethany’s lifelong friend Alana Blanchard. Much of the story centered on these two girls so it was a lot for them to carry. Nicholson was a perfect fit as Hamilton’s friend, adding a few smiles to the tension we all certainly felt watching the story unfold. Real friendships should never be underplayed and she came across as a solid, loving friend to Bethany. Then Helen Hunt as Bethany’s mother Cheri Hamilton and Dennis Quaid as her father Tom Hamilton both did outstanding work, but that’s what I’ve come to expect from them. At its best in the surf the story of Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark attack but by sheer determination went on to become a professional surfer is made to inspire and the film doesn’t disappoint. All in all, Soul Surfer is a good family movie with solid acting and some terrific surf scenes that should inspire everyone. Soul Surfer is a wonderful story that leaves you inspired and feeling good!