Soul Surfer.


Tonight at the Hawaii Film Festival a few friends and I checked out the advanced screening of the movie “Soul Surfer.” The movie is based on the true story of Kauai native and professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, the female individual who lost an arm to a tiger shark while surfing.  The movie follows Hamilton’s life before and after the attack.

This flick is star studded with the likes of Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Craig T. Nelson, Carrie Underwood and AnnaSophia Robb who plays the part of Hamilton. Beyond the corny local “pidgin” accents if you’re a local resident of Hawaii you’ll be delighted to see familiar local scenery and customs….not to mention local beauty Sonya Balmores Chung!

Normally I’d write the spoilers to the movie but this is one movie I’d suggest you catch for yourself.  But a few things you can take away from this movie….

Surf. If you’re an avid surfer or even a weekend warrior you’ll appreciate the sick moves and the surfing that some of the athletes in this movie display.  The waves are definitely tempting and you’ll want to check out the water soon after watching this movie.

Faith. The movie is based on the will power of Hamilton.  If you ever need to be inspired to accomplish anything, Hamilton is full of it.  There are slight religious overtones in the movie, questioning God’s plan for those who go through such tragedy, however no worries… this does not play an overbearing theme in the movie.

Family. Two families play a prominent role in Soul Surfer.  The Hamilton’s and the family of Hamilton’s best friend Alana Blanchard.  The support that Hamilton receives from her family and the Blanchard’s are constantly displayed throughout the movie.  It’s refreshing to see this strong sense of “Ohana” and the movie is a model example of how Hamilton’s family support kept her going even when she didn’t believe in herself.

Hope. It’s not just a catch phrased kicked around in this movie.  It’s something that Hamilton experiences first-hand when she visited the tsunami victims of Phuket, Thailand.  Closely related to Hamilton’s faith, it’s the belief that she has in herself and her abilities even after the loss of her arm.  I kept thinking about the Japan earthquake and tsunami victims after hearing a particular statement from Carrie Underwood, who plays the role of Hamilton’s youth pastor.  I don’t want to give it away but it goes something along the lines of God has a plan for everyone, even after something disastrous, it will have a way of working itself out.

Perspective. If there is definitely one thing you can take away from this movie it’s perspective.  The next time you complain about anything put it into perspective.  Don’t complain about the last meal you had when there are others out there who may have nothing to eat.  The next time you grumble about having a bad day on the job, think about those workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.  Don’t take things for granted, when there others out there who may not have the luxury of what you have.

Check out this movie, I’d highly recommend it, especially if you feel you need to be inspired.  Soul Surfer the movie, opens in theaters on April 8th.  The ladies will cry, the fellas just might.





One response to this post.

  1. KS {‘s|is) the best surfer


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