Written September 19, 2014
While I must admit first off, I am somewhat biased, as I love Santa Cruz, having lived in the area for many years. The scenery is spectacular, and this movie, while bordering, but not entering the somewhat "cheesy" zone, does not disappoint. This is a true story of a young man, perhaps an old soul, who knew his destiny from an early age, and followed his dream to ride the Mavericks- once thought to be a myth, but which really exist, the huge swells following a strong winter storm, and cresting up to 80 feet in height.
The Mavericks is actually in Princeton-by-the-Sea, California, north of Half Moon Bay, and they happen a good 2 miles out to sea, though the movie made it seem that the area was less than an hour's drive north of Santa Cruz, and they watched the surfers with binoculars.
But no matter. The cinematography is spectacular, and the actors, including Gerard Butler, completely engaging. I'd see it again.
Written February 27, 2015
First to the Critics: What's up with your reviews? Is there a problem with a film having no blood and gore and being inspirational instead of hateful?
Second to those who haven't yet seen it: I feel that this movie was very well done and is safe for young children. Overall, a very good movie. The characters are believable, and the scenery is spectacular.
Written November 05, 2012
Big surprise, not a blockbuster movie but a well made action drama. A true inspiring story with great water cinematography. Must go movie for 10 and over kids anf adults. Surfs up.
Written November 29, 2014
My son and I loved this true story. He is 13 and his dad is a surfer. It reminded him of our home in California. The story was well told and acted. It was inspiring.
Written December 25, 2014
Gerard Buter would be enough of a reason to see it, but this movie is based on the true story of deceased surfer Jay Moriarty. If you aren't familiar with Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, California, or even if you are, the movie shows breathtaking footage of NorCal 's mountainous and most dangerous surf spot. The theater was filled with surfers and surf families; this is a movie you will enjoy with friends or your children.