Soul Surfer Reviews
This is truly an incredible story of a remarkable recovery from a traumatic injury followed by the will and determination to overcome a major disability. If you're a surfer you'll enjoy some good surfing footage in this film, but you may cringe at the over-use of cliché surf lingo most of which is no longer used. Those who are not into surfing will still find this story intriguing because it's not a story about surfing as much as it is a story about overcoming tragedy. The shark attack is not graphic and is fairly easy to watch. You may want to turn your head for a few seconds if this kind of trauma troubles you. The faith element in this film is fairly superficial and plays a minor role in the storytelling. This is clearly a Christian family who work through their problems with God in mind but that is not the main focus of this story. Overall, this is an enjoyable film to watch with the family. There's something for everybody in this movie.
The movie seems to focus on christianity more than an accurate portrayal of Hamilton. I wouldn't mind showing her faith but there is way to many inaccuracies throughout. About a stupid and yet cheesy shark attack. The acting is wooden and has many pathetic scenes that look poorly done. You might think it is inspiring, but there are better inspirational movies about huge things instead of a redundant film like this. To know better about the story, watch the real interviews about Bethany Hamilton.
The special effects were done nicely, you'll notice very quickly how a certain thing was done and it'll have you questioning it, and the shark attack comes when you least expect it.
The performances amongst the actors were solemnly certain where most were modestly mediocre, but I wouldn't count AnnaSophia out completely, she did her part as strongly as she could.
Its the story that'll keep you interested more than what the filmmaker was doing with it, and that's really all that is necessary for a true event like this.