|Surf's up, dude!|
We caught a screening of Soul Surfer and had a chance to learn about the true story of Bethany Hamilton. Set in the stunning backdrop of Hawaii, Bethany (played by AnnaSophia Robb) lives with her parents Thomas (Dennis Quaid) and Cherilyn (Helen Hunt) and her two brothers Noah (Ross Thomas) and Timothy (Chris Brochu).
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On Halloween, 2003, Bethany is surfing with her best friend and competitor Alana Blanchard (Lorraine Nicholson), along with Alana's father and brother. They are in a remote area along Tunnels Beach, Kauai when Bethany was attacked by a 15 foot tiger shark. The shark severs Bethany's left arm and bites through her surfboard. Alana's father (Kevin Sorbo) ties a tourniquet with a surf cord and rushes her to the hospital. Bethany actually bumps her own father out of operating room, when his knee surgery is pushed aside for her emergency.
After losing 60% of her blood, doctors were able to save Bethany and she was released seven days later. Less than a month after her attack, Bethany returned to the water and began surfing again. The movie follows her struggle to surf and adapt to her new body.
|almost a "thumbs up"|
Amazing CGI special effects do a wonderful job of transferring AnnaSophia Robb into Bethany Hamilton but the actual shark attack scene looks like clips spliced together from footage taken from the Deep Blue Sea editing room floor. (Think Samuel L. Jackson) The power of the life changing moment would have almost been better had it not been shown at all...rather through suggestion of what happened.
Soul Surfer reminds us how spectacular Hawaii is and how beautiful surf movies always seem to be made. Bethany actually taught AnnaSophia Robb how to surf for the film and also performed the surfing scenes for her character.
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