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In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany's feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.
Action Drama - This is an inspirational true life tale for the entire family. Fans
of stars AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, and Helen Hunt should be
pleased though Carrie Underwood has a small role in her film debut.
The story also has strong appeal to Christian audiences. Aside from
one intense shark attack scene, the film is safe for children.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 214 moviegoers:
OUTSTANDING REVIEWS FROM ALL AGES, BOTH MALES AND FEMALES! Reviews just don't get much better than this. When half, or more, of the reviews are "Fantastic" and there are virtually no low reviews and very few mediocre reviews, you've got a MUST SEE MOVIE!
Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a
young age, she was leading an idyllic, sun-drenched, surfer girl's life on the
Kauai Coast, competing in national competitions with her best friend Alana
(Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed in a heartbeat. On Halloween
morning, Bethany was on a typical ocean outing when a 14-foot tiger shark came
out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.
SOUL SURFER reveals the moving aftermath of this headline-making story, as
Bethany fights to recover and grapples with the future. Strengthened by the love
of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), she refuses to give in or give up,
and begins a bold return to the water. Still, the questions keep hammering her:
Why did this happen? Why did she have to lose everything? Will she ever feel the
joy and power of riding the waves again? And if she can't be a surfer, then who
The devastating 2004 tsunami in the Pacific Ocean unexpectedly gives Bethany a
new perspective. Traveling to Phuket, Thailand with her youth-group leader Sarah
Hill (Carrie Underwood), she witnesses life beyond her own shoreline and discovers her
greater purpose, she can make a difference in the lives of others. Filled with a
new sense of hope and direction, she returns home with a renewed resolve to
conquer her own limitations and set an encouraging example for people facing
At the National Championships, Bethany bravely faces off with her fiercest
rival, Malia Birch (Sonya Balmores), and takes her astonishing one-armed surfing
technique to the limit. But as the horn blows, and the suspenseful competition
kicks off, Bethany is no longer thinking about the challenges of her body. Now,
her surfing, her biggest dreams and her life have become about pushing her own
physical limits to touch the souls of others.