I remember reading about then 13-year-old competitive surfer Bethany Hamilton when she lost her left arm due to a 14-foot tiger shark on Halloween, and was amazed that the young woman had the guts to get back on a surf board and continue to compete. Now, her inspirational story has been turned into the film “Soul Surfer.”
The movie obviously surrounds Bethany’s life and career before and after the shark attack, and how she deals with it. The film shows what a dedicated surfer she is, especially at such a young age. (For proof, check out the “Cheri and Bethany” clip.)
The clips also features the things Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb from “Because of Winn-Dixie” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) grapples with after the attack — such as how she looks in clothes and whether boys will find her cute (“Overrated”), and the unanswerable question of why God put her through this (“Perspective”).
Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid play Bethany’s parents, who debate whether she should still surf (“Never Be the Same”). Also watch out for Jack Nicholson’s daughter Lorraine as Bethany’s best friend (“How Have You Been”) and the acting debut of Carrie Underwood as Bethany’s youth group leader Sara (“Perspective”). From these two clips, I think both do a pretty good job.
I think this movie seems incredibly intriguing, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that it is a true story. I’m interested to see how the shark attack is filmed, too.
“Soul Surfer” opens in theaters on April 8.
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