Soul Surfer (PG)

Film

soulsurferREV807

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

User ratings:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>5</span>/5
Rate this
 

Time Out says

Tue Sep 20 2011

When promising Hawaiian teen surfer Bethany Hamilton had her right arm chomped off by a shark, she steeled herself through recovery, got back on the board and made it as a professional competitor. Her story is tailor-made for an inspirational film, so the makers don’t look beyond the obvious, delivering a succession of would-be rousing clichés. One’s soul remains resolutely unstirred, even if the surf sequences are engrossing and convincing (thanks in no small part to stuntwork from Ms Hamilton), AnnaSophia Robb meets the physical demands of the central role, and parental support from Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt is surprisingly classy. Viewers who don’t share Hamilton’s faith, however, may find that (admittedly authentic) aspect tougher to take, not least when ‘American Idol’ winner Carrie Underwood holds court as a stomach-churningly sincere Christian youth worker. With the Lord on Hamilton’s side, triumph is made to seem glossily inevitable and hence less dramatically potent, since it’s actually the moments of post-attack doubt that make the most impact.
0

Reviews

Add +

Release details

Rated:

PG

UK release:

Fri Sep 23, 2011

Duration:

105 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Sean McNamara

Cast:

AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid

Users say

0
<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>0</span>/5

Average User Rating

5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
LiveReviews|5
1 person listening
Jon

Basically 'Home and Away' the movie. I watched this on a subscription TV service as I enjoy a spot of surfing and the true story aspect seemed like it might have a good narrative. I get that it is a light hearted family movie, but the script at times is really poor, and they seem to skirt around any real dramatic feeling towards the keys aspect of the film (The loss of a limb). The surgeon walks in saying 'hey how's my favourite patient' in an upbeat hawaiian shirt after she's just woken for the first time since the accident and is yet to face the reality of the situation. It's a shame as with a little more realistic drama and reality the messages they seem so keen to promote about faith and christianity might get through to viewers without feeling forced. On the plus side, the special FX are fine, the 2 known actors Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid are fine considering. The surf shots are nicely shot and the film is well produced. The script and choice of mood at times just ruins what I imagine is a moving real life story.

Steve

How ludicrous that when a movie mentions Christian faith, cynical reviews dismiss the movie out of hand. Yet every movie has a 'faith' of sorts - faith in self, faith in love, faith in romance, faith in humanity etc. Yes it's not the best movie ever, but it is inspiring and very moving. Don't dismiss something out of hand because of your personal cynicism, the 'soul not being moved' speaks more about the reviewer than the movie...

Steve

How ludicrous that when a movie mentions Christian faith, cynical reviews dismiss the movie out of hand. Yet every movie has a 'faith' of sorts - faith in self, faith in love, faith in romance, faith in humanity etc. Yes it's not the best movie ever, but it is inspiring and very moving. Don't dismiss something out of hand because of your personal cynicism, the 'soul not being moved' speaks more about the reviewer than the movie...