‘Crush’ offers real-life surfing action, but lacks plot

From John Stockwell, the director of “Crazy/Beautiful,” comes another off-the-beaten-path story in “Blue Crush.” Kate Bosworth plays Anne Marie, an excellent surfer whose dream is to obtain sponsorship from a professional surfing team. The Pipe Masters on the North Shore of Oahu is just around the corner, but the distraction of her troublesome sister (Mika Boorem) and her pro-football love interest (Matthew Davis II) add to the pressure.

Though the plot is completely predictable and forgettable, it’s the surfing scenes that keep audiences in their seats. These exhilarating sequences can often be scarier than scenes from the movie “Signs.” To watch the waves crash down upon a pro surfer and bury them under a sea of white foam can start the adrenaline pumping.

The camera shots of the surfing scenes are so close up it caused stomach churning every time a surfer got worked by a wave. The majority of the audience members were cringing or biting their nails with nervous energy as each surfer was pushed farther under water. Though there are some obvious editing mishaps, the mind-blowing shots make up for those.

Luckily, there are plenty of lengthy surfing scenes to keep you hooked, because the plot can be slow and confusing. This movie attempts to employ too many sub-plots, leaving most of the stories unfinished. Anne Marie’s sister Penny likes to ditch school and hang out with older partiers, but Anne Marie attempts to steer her on the right path. The struggles between the two are never resolved.

Her best friend Eden (Michelle Rodriguez) obviously has some tension toward Anne Marie throughout the movie. This problem seems resolved on the surface, but it leaves audiences feeling as if something was left unsaid. Then there’s Matt, the boyfriend, whose character seems sincere one minute and a suspicious chauvinist the next.

However, it all works out in the end, and the last surfing scenes are so amazing that “Blue Crush” leaves you with an excited, satisfied feeling. You may not want to pay full price to see this movie, especially if you’re not into teen-type stories, but I definitely recommend catching a matinee to see it on the big screen. This way you will get the full impact of the awesome surfing sequences.s