This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.
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November 24, 2012
Soul Surfer (2011)
When it’s over, you will need a box of tissue. This is a small film with big emotional value. Soul Surfer is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSofia Robb), the teenage surfer who loses an arm in a shark attack and goes on to inspire millions. Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Craig T. Nelson, and Kevin Sorbo, lend some star power to a cast of relatively young newcomers. The acting is sometimes offbeat and forced, but the story’s messages come through clearly. I particularly like Hawaii as the main setting, since the ocean is an important character in the film. The allure of the water is inviting as it is dangerous, and ultimately, it is the water that heals Bethany’s emotional wounds. The power of faith weaves through the core themes of bravery, family, and friendship, but this is not solely a religious film. This film is foremost a film about attitude, about how we struggle to get up when we fall down. Some great surfing sequences and a positive message make Soul Surfer an ideal family film.