Hawaiian surfer girl Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth), dreams of competing with the best surfers in the world. She dreams of lucrative sponsorship and advertising deals that would take her away for her chambermaid job and struggle to pay the rent. Her friends, Eden (Michelle Rodriquez) and Lena (Sanoe Lake), know that she has the skill to do it but her commitment comes into question when out-of-town football star, Matt (Matthew Davis), arrives on vacation. Anne Marie gets distracted from her goal and her training suffers when she gets a taste of the good life. With a “big chance” competition coming up she has to decide what is most important to her…
If you haven’t already booked your summer holidays this movie will have you running down to the nearest travel agent to book your spot in the sun! Palm trees, golden beaches, blue skies, clear blue sea and bikini clad girls will have you thinking of destinations far from our “temperate” climate. Hawaii certainly looks like an idyllic location.
The scenery might me perfect but as far as the plot goes his movie has absolutely nothing new to offer. The predictable, shallow plot has been told countless times, most recently, although much better, in 8 Mile. Will Anne Marie make it against the odds? Will she overcome adversity and have the courage to follow her dreams? I think we’ve been here before! More than once!
But the movie does have something to offer and that is stunning and exhilarating surfing sequences where you feel you are actually out there surfing right in the centre of the biggest waves imaginable. The camera work is fantastic and if we got any closer we would have needed a towel!
None of the cast really gets the opportunity to shine in this movie but Kate Bosworth is quite likeable in the role and it is easy to cheer her on when it comes to the “Pipeline”, the big surfing competition.
The Bottom Line: The surfing sequences are excellent and exciting but the movie suffers irreparably because of the weak unoriginal storyline.