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BLUE CRUSH

"... a surfer-babe movie so tactile it practically dunks the audience in the water...as the waves arrive, many of them 30 or 40 feet tall, we're invited to suddenly stare upward, the shiny aqua walls of water looming like Godzilla, as the surfers rise to their feet and stand tall on their boards, drawing on that most singular of athletic qualities...the willingness to plunge into a moment of absolute topsy-turvy, torso-ripping chaos...The camera shows us just what it looks like, and more important what it feels like, when you're standing on a surging carpet of water that is breaking up into an avalanche of liquid force...The movie provides staggering underwater views of a 'hold down,' when you're plunged, with total spatial disorientation, into the surf, submerged and trapped by the wave above, the coral reefs rising up to meet your head, the water exploding like a bomb...The trick, for once, isn't that we're watching superhuman stunts; it's that we're watching deeply human stunts." --

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"'Blue Crush knows something most surfing movies don't acknowledge--that many non-pro surfers endure blue-collar jobs as a way to support their surfing, which is the only time they feel really alive...the movie ends with the big showdown, with waves of awesome strength and feats of great surfing, with all the necessary dangers and setbacks. Even here, it doesn't settle for what we thought was the predictable outcome...I expected another mindless surfing movie. 'Blue Crush" is anything but." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"...the kind of movie that's not five minutes old before you know what the last five minutes are going to be like...Acceptable in general outline, and helped by excellent surfing footage, 'Blue Crush' nevertheless can't seem to sustain any momentum. A lot of what happens on screen plays like marking time until the conclusion, and even that doesn't play out in an optimal way...'Blue Crush' overcomplicates its plot and spends a lot of time floundering around in the shallow end." -- Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

"-- boasts more than enough spectacular big-wave sequences set against the gorgeous seascapes of Hawaii to take its place in the pantheon of cult surfing movies...Although its choppy visual style caters to kids raised by MTV, 'Blue Crush' is also surprisingly smart and satisfying...Bosworth, who at first seems like just another pretty girl next door, turns out to be an impressive, endearing actress...You care about what happens to her even though chunks of 'Blue Crush' are painfully predictable...unlike most surf movies, 'Blue Crush' thrillingly uses modern technology to take the viewer inside the wave." -- Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post

"It is unfortunate that the nonwhite characters serve as sidekicks or comic foils, especially since Ms. Rodriguez, so fierce and lovely in 'Girlfight,' has more charisma pouting in the corner than Ms. Bosworth does radiating in the center of the screen...But still, it's hard to resist being swept up in 'Blue Crush,' not least because David Hennings's shimmery photography carries the breeze and spray of the island right into the theater."
-- A.O. Scott, The New York Times