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Movie review for the film Blue Crush  starring Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, and Matthew Davis.
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Note: This film has a PG-13 rating.

Junkie Rating:

This film received 3 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 3 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 3 pops out of 4 pops.This film received 3 pops out of 4 pops.

 

Cast and Credits

John Stockwell (Director)
Kate Bosworth (Anne Marie)
Michelle Rodriguez (Eden)
Matthew Davis (Matt Tollman)
Sanoe Lake (Lena)
Mika Boorem (Penny)

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      Man, was this a fun movie. I'm not really into surfing or surfing movies for that matter (I think the last one I saw was "Point Break"), but something about this movie made me want to see it. What was it? Oh yeah, the babes. But boy oh boy, is this film so much more.

      For starters, this film as some of the best photography I have ever seen in a film before. There's some magnificent shots, first-person perspective on the waves. Man, I can't really describe it....there's this one shot in the beginning with a sunset, and it's just gorgeous. I never expected this film to be an eye candy picture, but it is. And I am glad. I like being surprised.

      The basic plot of the film is this: Anna Marie Chadwick (played by Kate Bosworth) got invited to one of the biggest surfing competitions ever, all aspects of it are huge, from the press to the waves. One problem though. She's psyched out. Three years prior she nearly drowned at the very same spot of the competition, so there's this hesitance about how she goes about getting "rides"; that's surfer talk for catching a wave.

      She then meets and falls in love with a quarterback. This is the only part I didn't like. Not because I didn't want to see a love story or her giving him surfing lessons, no that's essential to the story. Without it all you have are shots of people riding waves. That's not a movie, it's a documentary.

      Okay, what I didn't like is when he told her a story about him getting sacked by Warren Sapp in his first NFL game. That would be fine if we knew this guy was a real quarterback in real life, but he's not. So referencing a real NFL player kinda breaks down the "4th wall" so to speak. I mean, when he said that, I suddenly was thinking (being the superfan I am), "Okay, who is this guy supposed to be? Cade McNown?" That's the only young quarterback in the NFC Central. Oh well.

      Okay, I'll get to the babes. I already mentioned Kate, but there's another big celeb and two who are on the verge of that label: Michele Rodriguez, Sanoe Lake, and Mika Boorem. Wow, has Mika really matured. I last saw her as the young Martin daughter in "The Patriot", and she was barely 10 then. In a couple years, she'll be a bonafide babe. No doubt.

      Do I recommend this to everybody? Hell yes. Don't think it won't appeal to you if you don't like surfing, because the photography is so good, any lover of film will appreciate this piece of work. When Anna is ridin' the big one, you just wanna shout out loud, "You go girl!" Women have come along way in the sport of surfing, and it's nice to see Hollywood taking notice.


     --
James ( 3 1/2 out of 4 pops )

 

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Other Junkie's opinions.....

        Billy Ray ( 3 1/2 out of 4 pops )

      Just a few days ago, I swore I would not see this film, nor would I see "Adventures of Pluto Nash".  I guess I got really bored, because I ended up seeing both of them.  I just felt like seeing a fun surfing flick, and that's just what I got.  This movie is loads of fun and it kept me smiling throughout.  I loved "Point Break".  I loved "Endless Summer".  I loved "Blue Crush".  Sure, the plot is kind of week and the acting isn't altogether miraculous but--screw all that stuff--this is just a fun movie to go watch with friends.  It makes you leave the theatre feeling good and it really makes you want to take up surfing.  I can't tell you how much fun this movie was.  Plus, Michelle Rodriguez is absolutely beautiful in my book--I have been a fan of hers since "Girlfight".  Not the best movie, professional wise, but sometimes you have to look past that and take it with a grain if salt. 

     Mike ( 2 out of 4 pops )

      About the only thing worthwhile about this movie (other than looking at Kate Bosworth and hearing a little Bob Marley music) is the superb and gorgeous photography of surfers riding the huge waves of Hawaii. Having said that, the movie is fun to watch in spite of a dumb script which probably took a total of 10 minutes to write and the mostly atrocious acting throughout the film. It's really too bad that they couldn't have written a more entertaining and intelligent film to go along with all the great visuals of the surfing. I was also disappointed that the talented Michelle Rodriquez was given such a small side role in the movie. If you keep going back to get popcorn refills in between the surfing scenes, you will enjoy this movie much more.

     Pappy ( 3 out of 4 pops )

      I’m old enough to have seen many of the original sufer movies with Annette and Frankie.   This film is very much like those old 1950 flicks – simple story lines, some romance, some jealousy, a fight or two with a gang, and lots of surfing.  The big difference is in the old movies Annette and Frankie were just standing on surf boards and “blue screened” over the waves.   "Blue Crush" uses some phony looking special effects too, but also tons of beautiful action shots of some of the best surfing ever.  If you want a two hour Hawaiian vacation see this film