April 15, 2011

AnnaSophia Robb in Soul Surfer

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SoulSurfer_blog SOUL SURFER SPLASHES INTO THEATERS

Many of you have heard the true story of Bethany Hamilton. She was a teen surfer from Hawaii who had her arm bitten off in a shark attack in 2003. Against all odds, she returned to the water to surf again. And now you can see the movie chronicling her experience, Soul Surfer (rated PG) in theaters.

It stars AnnaSophia Robb (from Race to Witch Mountain, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Bridge to Terabithia) as Bethany Hamilton. AnnaSophia worked with Bethany and became friends with her doing the movie, and you can tell on screen. I recently saw the movie at a media screening, and thought it was amazing. But warning: it’s a tear jerker. I had to hold back tears several times, and judging from the sound of sniffles in the theater, so did my fellow movie reviewers (and these were adults by the way!).

Basically, the movie starts with Bethany as a kid, surfing in Hawaii. Born to famous surfing parents, she won her first surfing competition at age 8. She surfed with her best friend Alana, and they got sponsored by major surfing companies. On Halloween morning 2003, while they were surfing, a 14-foot tiger shark bit off her left arm. I swear I jumped a foot in my seat during this scene! I wasn’t expecting it at that point.

After undergoing many surgeries, and refusing a prosthetic arm, Bethany returned to surfing. Her whole struggle was gut wrenching. Her faith in God helped her a lot. In the movie, her youth group leader (played by Carrie Underwood) took her to Thailand to help the victims of a tsunami. This opened her eyes to others’ suffering, and eventually led her to leadership roles helping others. Not to mention, she also went on to win a 2007 National Surfing Championship, and turned pro!

On my way out of the movie, I was chatting with a New York City newspaper reporter, who was also reviewing the movie. She said she thought the acting was a bit melodramatic and overdone. I was like, “But the girl just got her arm bitten off by a shark!” Honestly, I forgave the drama in the movie. I thought it was really an amazing story, and the movie did it justice. I had known about the story from the news, but the movie really put a cool spin on it. It was very uplifting.

What do you guys think? Have you seen Soul Surfer or read the book? Drop a line in the Comments!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

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  1. Abby

    The movie was REALLY good.My grandpa lives in Hawaii and says he will get Bethany H. signature from somebody. Bethany is really pretty too! If I could have one person over for lunch,it would be her!

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  2. ABBEYYYYYYYYYYYY

    i love this movie i loved it i watch it all the time it is so good!!!!!!!!!!!!
    it is so sad that she had to go thourght that stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. CutieKitKat

    I’ve seen the movie twice and have read the book.I own the book.I hope to go to Hawaii,see her,and learn to surf.

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  4. greendolphin35

    We were learning about courageous Christians because we were learning about how God helped them overcome these obstacles. It is amazing hearing about some of the things these people do, especially with God’s help.

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  5. greendolphin35

    I am moved by this story. We were learning about courageous Christians in church, one of them being Bethany. I really want to watch the movie, seeing as though everyone loved it. Is ir really that skillful?

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  6. Kammi

    SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. skatingplains3

    I LOVE THE MOVIE AND I LIKE HOW IT TELLS A TRUE STORY ABOUT A GIRL WHO LOOSES HER ARM I LIKE HAND SIGN IT MADE ME OBOUT CRY IT WAS SO TRUE ..I WONDER IF IT WILL COME OUT IN A BOOK IF IT DOSE IM READING IT I GIVE IT 5 STARS ON AWSOME NESS KEEP ON SURFING PEPOLE BUT BE CAREFUL

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  8. blackchatty1

    I LOVE THE BOOK AND THE MOVIE SHE IS JUST LIKE ME I ALSO LOVE SURFING I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT SHARKS WHILE I DO IT BUT NOW I DO.

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  9. babytiger100

    i really like bethany, she is one of my role models in life. i have seen the movie 2ce i have her devotion book,her q and a book, and im geting the book soul surfer!

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