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Kevin Sorbo’s Soul Surfer “is an example of movies that I want to see.”

Kevin’s movie, Soul Surfer, was released earlier this week in various media from DVD to iTunes in stores and on the internet. Alison from Canada has kindly provided her great review of this exciting film that details the life of champion teen surfer, Bethany Hamilton, following a horrifying shark attack. Many thanks, Alison!

I will have to start this by explaining that I am a die-hard Kevin Sorbo fan and will try my utmost to be subjective with this review.

The movie is based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton (played by AnnaSophia Robb), the female surfer who lost her left arm to a shark attack when she was 13-years-old. It deals mostly with her love of surfing and her faith and will to get back to surfing after the attack. With the support of her parents, Tom (played by Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (played by Helen Hunt), she is able to overcome her obstacles and come out on top.

Of course, she had to come out on top; it is, after all, a family-based, inspirational movie. I would like to state that the spirituality of the movie is not rammed down your throat, even though the real Bethany Hamilton is a faith-strong young lady. It is a movie that you can take your family to and know that you can come out with a smile on your face. Yes, they do take a bit of leeway with some scenes, such as the ones in Thailand after the tsunami, but then, it is a movie and not a documentary, and we wouldn’t want to get bored now, would we?

AnnaSophia Robb does an excellent job playing an innocent, but strong-hearted Bethany. Her character is believable and likeable. Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt each do a good job as Bethany’s parents who seem to care more about her injury than Bethany does. Carrie Underwood, unfortunately, does not seem to be a necessary part in the film and barely made it as filler for me. Lorraine Nicholson, who plays Alana Blanchard, is a believable best friend to Bethany who goes through a bit of shock after being present for the shark attack. Last, but definitely not least, Kevin Sorbo plays Holt Blanchard who rescued Bethany and basically saved her life.

Kevin did an excellent job as expected when picked to be the hero. However, and, yes, I know I am prejudiced, I still believe he would have been better used in this movie by playing Bethany’s father, Tom Hamilton. While Dennis Quaid played the part well, I don’t believe he brought his “A game” to this performance. He seemed to be holding back the whole time, and he did not bring any feeling to the part. Being a fan of Kevin Sorbo’s I know the emotions he can emote, and I believe he would have brought all of himself into this part. (I did warn you from the beginning, lol!)

Finally, is the movie worth seeing? Yes, definitely. It is about time that Hollywood started making movies that we feel good about seeing. I am tired of wasting my hard-earned money on movies that I come out shaking my head over and repeating over and over, “Why did I even bother?” This movie is an example of movies that I want to see. It is uplifting and a lesson in overcoming obstacles that I can’t wait to share with my family. Bring on more movies like this one and I will gladly pay the bill.

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(Cannes photos by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Europe;

Movie stills courtesy of Sony Pictures)

  1. mara
    August 5, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I DO love this movie! I agree with Ali, we´re longing for more movies like this, so inspiring! And I´pd love to have more of Kevin on it too. A movie to watch with your family again and again and again!
    Thank you for posting, darling, the movie has been released in Brasil and surely it´s going to be a success!

  2. August 6, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Still awaiting the arrival of this film but looking forward to it. Nicely written 🙂

  3. Debbie
    August 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Ali, you’re right on. I thought exactly the same thing..they should have used Kevin in the role of Bethany’s father. I’m a fan of Dennis Quaid but agree that he didn’t put his heart and soul into his performance. Kevin has the emotion to make it work and he did a phenomenal job as the hero. I also agree with your comment about Carrie Underwood’s performance. She’s not a believable actress and they could have put so many other better actresses in that role. All in all the movie was wonderful and warm, and the Kauai background was pure heaven.

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