Soul Surfer

Rated PG (mpaa)

Run Time  106 min


Based off a true story of a teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack.

Director: Sean McNamara

Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, and Helen Hunt

Supporting Cast: Kevin Sorbo and Karrie Underwood

I give it…


This movie was incredible on so many different levels. Based off the real life story of Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm in a shark attack and has gone on to become a pro surfer.  The visual portion of the film is stunning. Great surf scenes with mild special effects. Even the shark looked real. (i paused it to check it) The acting by AnnaSophia Robb was realistic. There are religious tones throughout the whole movie without being “preachy”, and is based on the family’s actual beliefs. Even Karrie Underwood’s portrayal of Bethany’s Youth Pastor was believable.  This movie really surprised me. I half expected to see a so so movie but was left feeling inspired. I laughed, I got choked up at times. This is a great family movie for all. (I watched it with my 15 year old son who loved it)  No drugs, a little light gore so to speak (blood in water, bloody arm covered with shirt and post amputation of her arm) If you want to sit down and watch a movie that will make you rethink what is possible and the strength of faiths effect on the human spirit then this is the movie for you.

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