The movie stars Kate Bosworth as Anne Marie, a young woman
living in a beach shack in Hawai‘i. Her life is a constant
struggle. Abandoned by her mother and left to care for her
14- year-old sister Penny, played by Mika Boorem, Anne pays
the bills by working as a hotel maid and has a hard time dealing
with her rebellious sibling. The one thing that makes her
life worthwhile is surfing. However, a drowning incident several
years earlier has left Anne Marie emotionally scarred. A one-time
competition winner, Anne Marie has steered clear of competing
in the surfing circuit altogether, until now. Although she
has a fear of big waves, she spends much of her free time
training with her friends and preparing for the upcoming Pipe
Masters surfing competition. Backing her up with inspiration
and support are her close friends and roommates, Eden, played
by Michelle Rodriguez known for her roles in The Fast and
the Furious and Resident Evil, and Lena, played by newcomer
and Hawaiian model Sanoe Lake.
Although she is dedicated to reaching her goal, Anne Marie
begins to lose her focus on the Pipe Masters after she takes
on a job teaching surfing lessons to pro-football star Matt
Tollman, played by Matthew Davis. She soon finds herself falling
in love with her student. Although she has a hard time trusting
people, Anne Marie finds inspiration from Matt and discovers
that her only challenge is overcoming her fears.
Even though the outcome of this film is predictable, it can
still stand on it’s own as an enjoyable movie. The acting
was convincing and the story is interesting enough to keep
the film moving without allowing the audience to become bored.
One doesn’t need to be a surfing fan to enjoy it, seeing those
giant North Shore waves are always impressive.
One can’t help but ask about the stereotypical aspect of
how the movie portrays Hawai‘i’s locals who are seen throughout
the film as beach bums. “It’s hard not to stereotype locals
since we are such a unique people,” said Christine Napuelua-Ahyee,
a communications major at HPU. Hawaii is a unique place, it’s
not uncommon too see all types of people flocking to the beaches,
locals and mainlanders alike.
Blue Crush is not just a movie about surfing. Based on the
magazine article “Surf Girls of Maui” by Susan Orleans, the
film does an excellent job showing how hard work and dedication
can pay off when trying to reach one’s goals. With great performances
by its leading ladies, as well as excellent scenery, cinematography,
and action packed surfing sequences, this movie is definitely
worth checking out.