“Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.
Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.
Soul Surfer reveals Bethany’s fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group leader Sara (Carrie Underwood), Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.”
I was very excited to see this movie. I love movies based on true stories and I like the story of Bethany Hamilton. I remember seeing it on the news a few years ago and I was very impressed with her. To come back from such a horrific experience and excel like she has in the surfing world is amazing.
I loved the surfing scenes in the movie. Living in Utah, I do not get to see or experience this much. I loved the competition scenes in the movie because you get to see the amazing talent of the surfers in the movie. The tricks are so cool!
What I loved most about this movie is how good I felt watching it. This really was an inspirational movie. It was one of those ‘girl power’ films. At the end I realized that this was a movie I would love to watch again because I felt so good.
I think that this is a great movie to take your kids to. Just be warned that the shark scene can be a bit scary for younger kids. There is quite a bit of blood, nothing really graphic though.
If you are looking for a feel good movie that is great for the whole family, Soul Surfer is one to check out!
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Soul Surfer is in theaters NOW! It is rated PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material.
**I attended a screening of Soul Surfer for this review.