Some of the most
spectacular surfing scenes are whatís on offer in this film. The slightly
surreal, euphoric vibe of it all much akin to Point Break. This film is about
the rise of a young female surfer scaling the ranks of the world of surfing.
Along the way we see a love theme through both in on and off the beach. Her
friends are typically female and their jealous attitude toward the lead
character is prominent but not all of the film is about this.
Other than what is
previously mentioned in latter paragraph the story is basically this.
Obviously itís a little more complex than this but after a few beers there is
not much room for comprehension! The lead character Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth)
had a bad experience three years ago of hitting her head on some coral after
being dumped by a large wave. Consequently she has had this deep-seated fear
ever since. Flashbacks from this threaten to quell her desire to be out in
the surf but she keeps on getting back on the horse. As the saying goes if
fail once try, try again. This aspect is inspiring to see although we know
that in actual life she would have been jumping aboard a Bertrum midway
through some of the longer scenes. Near the end of the film there is a
contest called the pipemasters whin Anne Marie enters to win sponsorship for
there life on the beach.
The film was a great
panorama of the surfing world which will inspire and is a joy to watch. The
girls whilst young do put on quite a show up on the some of the most dangerous
beaches in the world. Coral and some daring feats will amaze most viewers
especially those affiliated with the surfing world.
Overall the acting by the
lead characters are ok but once again will not set the world ablaze with
spectacular performances. The parts that are relatively ground breaking are
the surfing scenes where the photography both below and above water. The
coolness of watching the surfers up close and watching their expression is
done with style. Itís is a shame though that the entertainment level aboard
dry land is fairly low. The male actors are there for comical relief more
than to be taken seriously. Recommended to youngsters both female and male. -
It's not often that we split a review like
this but time constraints played a part in it, to get the review to our
readers faster. With a disc jam packed as full of extras as this one, viewers
are going to be getting their money's worth out of this DVD whether as a
rental or a purchase. Alex and I were at loggerheads with the score for the
feature, Alex happy with a score of about 7 and me hankering for about an
8.3/10. I do agree that the movie doesn't break any new ground, however I love
this sort of action movie and loved watching it.
A lot of attention to detail has been put
into the creation of this disc and going into the extras will show how much
the disc shines. The extras are broken up into a number of sections that are
viewable through the menu. Of particular interest to me was the feature
commentary with our three starlets, followed with a more concise commentary by
director John Stockwell.
There are other fun parts to the extras such
as a wipeout reel and a focus on the skateboarding sequences as well. These
can be toggled to contain commentary or just enjoy the sequences as they were
shot in the first place. The amount of background information on the sport is
staggering and will be enough (almost) to have any novice talking like a
Possibly the only thing I didn't like was the
unashamed plug that the sponsor Billabong gets in the Surf Fashion section of
the extras. Sanoe Lake and Billabong Rep (please!) Jessica Trint-Nichols
go into a Billabong store and look at the latest clothing. It's all a bit
soulless and didn't belong on this disc. If the girls had clowned around a bit
more it would have been fun. The way it was carried out though, it was a
poorly done ad.
All things said and done, this is one disc
that is worth looking at. It should appeal to everyone and I can see it being
watched more than once.
Feature Commentary with Cast Members
Feature Commentary with Director
The Making of Blue Crush
Filming Blue Crush
The Female Surfing Revolution
Riding the Waves
Blue Crush Promo
The World of Surfing
Lenny Kravitz "If I Could Fall in Love" Music Video
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