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Blue Crush a hit
by Mark Smith staff writer

Blue Crush, a movie filmed on O‘ahu’s North Shore, is an encouraging drama about a young woman who has dreams of making a name for herself in the highly competitive and dangerous surfing world.

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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.



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