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Soul Surfer

A movie directed by Sean McNamara

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Soul Surfer is an excellent movie about surfing and the strength of the human spirit.

  • Apr 11, 2011
Soul Surfer is a very inspirational movie.  It really captures the spirit and deternination of teenager Bethany Hamilton.  The message of this movie is that faith in God gives a person strength to overcome any obstacle.  I am not overally religious, but I think that faith in a higher power is a positive message.   AnnaSophia Robb gives an excellent performance as Hamilton, She is a teenager that lost her arm to a shark bite in 1996.   There are shots in the movie showing Anna Sophia struggling with the simplest things like cutting vegetables and making a sandwich after losing her arm.  Her dedication and her talent for the sport of surfing is what makes this movie entertaining.  I admire the skill, balance and coordination that Anna Sophia shows on the surf board.  Director Sean Mcnamara makes surfing look like an exciting and competitive sport.  There is one shot in the movie that shows Anna Sophia going inside of a wave and then coming out of it.  This shot is breathtaking and is a testament to Mcnamara's talent as a director.  Dennis Quaid co stars as Tom Hamilton.  He is Bethany's father.  He gives a good performance as a father who encourages Bethany not to give up her dream as a professional surfer.  Carrie Underwood is good in a supporting role as a youth minister who also encourages Bethany not to give out faith in God as after her accident.  Helen Hunt plays Bethany's mom Cheri.    Her performance is not as good as Quaid's, but she still comes across as a loving mother.   This film is filled with good music.  There is an uplifting song entitled Set The World On Fire".  This song is about the strength of the human spirit.  There is a beautiful Hawaiian song entitled "Ho Oheno Keia No Beauty" that includes excellent ukulele playing.  This song adds some Hawaiian flavor to the movie. Soul Surfer is a very entertaining film.

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April 11, 2011
I am really excited to see this one, good to see the positive review!
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A teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack.
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Director: Sean McNamara
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Release Date: 8 April 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 106 min
Studio: Brookwell-McNamara Entertainment, Enticing Entertainment, Island Film Group
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