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Soul Surfer [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Set against the amazing backdrop of Hawaii it stars Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt as surfers who have 3 kids. Their 14 year old daughter Bethany is a very talented surfer in her own right and is competing in the regional surfing finals.
She goes out training with her coach, brother and best friend and is lying down flat on her surfboard waiting for a wave when a shark literally just bites her left arm off.
She is gutted as you can imagine that she has now lost her chance to compete and surf professionally but she is so determined and goes to see her spiritual advisor at her local church for help and guidance and decides that she is going to try and learn to surf again.
There is a very big religious aspect to this film and as a non religious person i was not offended by it or believed that it dragged down the story i actually thought that it was beneficial to this girls recovery.
She goes on to have to learn how to do everything one handed and obviously gets very frustrated but she not only learns how to surf again but goes on to become a professional surfer. Her father was instrumental in her recovery, not only designing her a specialised surfboard but was out there every single day with her, encouraging her, never letting her give up, her mother and brothers were there everyday on the beach, videoing her, giving her tips, it was amazing and i wish i had family like that.
I cried a lot and thought it was remarkable how this girl literally had so much courage and determination against something that most of us would of just given up on.
This is based on a true story so you can go and visit her website to learn more.
Honestly one of the most inspirational films i have seen in a long time, puts us to shame really how we all complain about the ins and outs of our daily lives.
Not to be missed..
PRECISION: this is a Region 1 NTSC DVD - it will NOT play on Region 2 PAL European equipment.
As you probably already know, this film tells the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a very promising young American surfer, who suffered a bad accident in October 2003, as the result of which she was very seriously and permanently injured. This is mostly the story of her struggle to overcome the results of the accident, return to a normal life and especially go back to her great passion - professional surfing.
This is a rather low key film, made with a rather modest (by US standards) budget, but nevertheless it packs an enormous punch, with some scenes being simply breathtaking. It was made possible by skilfull filming, good scenario, strong dialogs and a little bit of very discreet but extremely well made CGI.
All actors did their best in this film and for such a little production quite an ensemble cast was gathered:
- AnnaSophia Robb, who plays Bethany Hamilton, is of course the main star and she is AMAZING, as excellent as she was in her big break "Bridge to Terabithia" (and gosh, did this girl grow well since then!). I sincerely believe that she has the potential to become another Natalie Portman in the future!
- Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt play Bethany's parents and they are both GREAT
- singer Carrie Underwood, winner of "American Idol", makes here one of her rare appearances in cinema - and she is excellent!
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Enjoyed watching this DVD film throughly. Like the actress Annasophia Robb was the reason why.Published 26 days ago by Sally F.
I've seen the film before, hence buying it. But couldn't watch it, as it would not play on our Blu ray player. Very disappointed, as was told it would be ok on a Blu Ray!!!!!!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Inspirational, such an amazing story.. Watched it with my two children and were blown away with how this young girl picked herself up and continued to pursue her dream of competing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MR IAIN J GDANITZ
An inspiring story of courage, faith and friendship and demonstration of what's really important in life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Malcolm Down Publishing
DO NOT BUY THIS IF YOU LIVE IN THE UK!
IT WONT PLAY ON ANY DEVICE AS IT HAS AN US AREA CODE! ( WHATEVER THAT IS )
VERY DISSAPOINTED THAT AMAZON HAVENT FLAGGED THIS AS AN... Read more
Brilliantly played , the only film I have ever watched imidiatly again . The only film I've written a review for - brilliantPublished 3 months ago by matt head
I received this in the post I when I put it into the dvd player to watch it says cannot play to this region so dvd will not workPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer