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BLUE CRUSH

SYNOPSIS:
Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) is a surfer with the talent to compete on the professional circuit. Working as a hotel maid and sharing a beach shack with surfer girls Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake), Anne Marie must overcome memories of a near fatal wipeout three years ago if she is to make an impression at the upcoming Pipe Masters competition.†


Review by Richard Kuipers:
Look at the poster for Blue Crush. Three beach babes in bikinis holding surfboards - a 'mindless summer' movie with a novelty female slant, right? Take another look at the faces on these women; none are smiling and there's a determined look in their eyes. In a refreshing departure from the traditional beach movie, these surfer girls actually work for a living and have more than just the next big wave on their minds. Anne Marie, Eden and Lena are on the lower end of the socio-economic scale and not in a funky beach-bum way either. They live in non-derelict chic surroundings in a beach shack and pull minimum wage at a Hawaiian resort catering for party animals like a football team that arrives in the lead-up to the big surf contest. Touches like this make Blue Crush involving in between the spectacular surfing set-pieces and gives rare depth to a genre not noted for its concern with much more than bodacious bodies, big waves and non-stop fun. Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) is a heroine of substance and the romance isn't bad either. There's a mature, believable texture to Anne Marie's dalliance with football hero Matt (Matthew Davis) and the positive message of female self-determination is delivered in a fairly non-preaching way. Blue Crush isn't a major statement but director John Stockwell (who made the low-key winner Crazy Beautiful) gives this a brain and a heart that will surprise many viewers who, like me, were expecting Big Kahunas and beach blanket bimbos.†

Review by Louise Keller:
For many of us who may never experience the thrills of surfing, this may be as close as we will get. The perfect summer holiday movie, Blue Crush takes us on a surfboard ride in pursuit of thrills, hopes and dreams. Thereís eye-boggling surf-action, a Cinderella romance and the impenetrable bond of friendship shared by the surfer girls. Hereís a movie in which the surf is the star, and whatís doubly impressive is the way we are mise en scene and feel as though we are actually there. Itís quite extraordinary how we are actually taken into the curl of the wave as it spins in delight before thundering out of control on the shore. All credit goes to the film crew that balanced on boogie boards, cameras in hand to bring us these exciting images and sensations. But Blue Crush is much more than just a surfing video clip with music. Yep, the music certainly puts us in the mood, but the beach setting and surf theme is simply the backdrop for the narrative. This is a story about passion Ė passion for surfing and achieving a dream. They may look like drop-outs, but the three girls are responsible young women who have a strong work ethic and never lose sight of their goals. Thereís an appealing unselfishness about their friendship, and they sincerely care about each other. Itís tough to survive, and Anne Marie has the added responsibility of her younger sisterís schooling on her mind. When Anne Marie meets Matt, she is faced with all kinds of conflicts and self doubts. Is this a holiday fling? Does she fit in? But in any case, how does this impact on her dreams and ambitions? Itís a super cast and itís surprising to learn that Kate Bosworth (dazzling), has never surfed before. A champion equestrian and athlete, Bosworth went through intensive training for a month with inspiring results. She is convincing both in and out of the surf; the surfing sequences are genuinely exciting as we ride the huge walls of water that crash down onto the beach, leaving behind a mass of thick white foam that could be suds in a washing machine. Michelle Rodriguez has great presence (and also cuts a mean figure in the surf), while real-life surfie chick Sanoe Lake is a natural. The romance works especially well with Matthew Davis a charismatic leading man, reminiscent of a young Harrison Ford. Watch out for Faizon Love, whose big attitude (and girth) bring some fun moments. Thereís plenty of tension as the big day for the Surfing competition finally arrives, with some electrifying sequences. Entertaining beyond its target market, Blue Crush is fresh and positively zings.



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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

TRAILER

BLUE CRUSH (PG)
(US)

CAST: Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis, Sanoe Lake and Mika Boorem

PRODUCER: Brian Grazer, Karen Kehel

DIRECTOR: John Stockwell

SCRIPT: Lizzy Weiss, John Stockwell (screenplay); Lizzy Weiss (story); Susan Orlean (Magazine article Surf Girls of Maui)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Hennings

EDITOR: Emma E. Hickox

MUSIC: Paul Haslinger

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tom Meyer

RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 5, 2002







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