REVIEW: BLUE CRUSH 1 AND 2

CAST

Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns)
Matthew Davis (The Vampire Diaries)
Michelle Rodriguez (Bloodrayne)
Sanoe Lake (Half-Life)
Mika Boorem (Along Came A Spider)
Chris Taloa (Into The Blue)
Faizon Love (Elf)

The film stars Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) as Anne Marie, a former surfing champion who was sidelined when she hit her head after a crash and nearly drowned. Suffering from flashbacks to the incident she hasn’t been able to get back into the strongest set of waves yet.On land, Anne Marie has found herself the mother figure of a group of girls that includes similarly-aged Eden (Michelle Rodriguez), Lena (Sanoe Lake, a Hawaiian local and surfer) and her own sister, Penny (Mika Boorem). Anne Marie, Lena and Eden work at the local hotel as maids, cleaning up after people and nearly getting caught when they try on a woman’s outfits that were laying around the room. When they come upon the utterly disgusting rooms of a visiting football team though, enough is enough. When Anne Marie goes out to the beach to confront Leslie (Faizon Love), she gets fired.Without a job and forced to find money to pay the rent, Anne Marie reconsiders an offer by the team’s quarterback to give him and some of the other players surfing lessons. As it turns out, they’re not such bad guys after all and Anne Marie, with co-teachers Penny, Eden and Lena, get along with them pretty well. Anne Marie even falls for the quarterback, but she finds herself having to have to choose between romance and the upcoming “Pipe Masters” surfing competition where, if she does well, it could mean a sponsorship deal.Between opening and closing, “Blue Crush” attempts to cover several little subplots and does so with varying degrees of success. Eden’s attempt to push Anne Marie towards the waves is nicely played, thanks to Rodriguez’s strong portrayal of a not entirely well-developed character. The performances are all very good, although Bosworth certainly surprised me. While not an award-worthy  performance, the actress shows great presence and sweetness. There are a few scenes pre-wave in the water where Bosworth must portray the character’s fears and excitement in her eyes and expressions and she does so quite wonderfully. Most importantly, she plays the character in a compelling and realistic enough manner that, by the time the competition rolls around. The film manages to combine stunning visuals with equally impressive sound design. Sound designer Claude Letessier’s excellent work really brings the audience into the middle of the crashing waves.

CAST

Sasha Jackson (Fuller House)
Elizabeth Mathis (Enchanted)
Ben Milliken (Beautiful Wave)
Sharni Vinson (Home and Away)
Chris Fisher (Black Sails)
Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf)
Roxy Hodge (The Perfect Wave)

Dana is 18, gorgeous and a killer surfer with a shelf full of trophies to prove it. When her father pressures her to buckle down and go to college, Dana flees her Beverly Hills home for the beaches of South Africa, the site of some of the world’s most awesome surf and her late mother’s home country. With her mom’s journal in hand and a mismatched gang of surf fanatics watching her back, Dana embarks on an odyssey along the breathtaking southern coast of Africa to fulfill her mother’s dream-one long, flawless journey down the barrel of the killer waves of J-Bayit was a great experience, even thou none of the original actors or characters appear.The flexibility of Dana’s character kept the storyline nice. it’s a worthwhile movie and you don’t have to of seen the first movie to enjoy it.

 

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