out of 4
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Step Into Liquid
Starring: Rochelle Ballard, Shawn Barron|
Director: Dana Brown
RunTime: 87 Minutes
Release Date: August 2003
Genres: Documentary, Sports
|*Also starring: ||Layne Beachley, Jesse Brad Billauer, Taj Burrow, Ken Collins, Darrick Doerner||
Review by Susan Granger
3½ stars out of 4
With summer quickly turning into a memory, wouldn't it be fun to dive
back into the surf? Writer/director/editor Dana Brown extends that invitation,
following in the footsteps of his father, Bruce Brown, who made "The Endless
Summer" (1966), followed by "The Endless Summer II" (1994). According to the
Browns: "It's not a lifestyle, it's a life."
In this film, you're transported into the spectacular sport of surfing.
From a 21st century viewpoint, there are not only more women involved but
surfing's gone mainstream. "You can actually make a living being a surfer these
days because of the sponsorship," Brown says. "The abilities of surfers have
changed, the equipment has changed - but the spirit hasn't changed."
While you expect to find sensational surfing in Hawaii, Australia and
along the California coast, freewheeling breaker-chasers get "stoked" even in
the most unlikely places. There are Texans who get their thrills following in
the three-mile wakes of supertankers in the Gulf of Mexico and a rowdy group
who relish riding the modest swells of Lake Michigan. There's a devotee who
hasn't missed a day in the ocean in 27 years and a paralyzed fellow who broke
his back in a wipeout but is still able to return to the water with the help of
his loyal surfing buddies. In Ireland, the Malloy brothers bring Catholic and
Protestant youngsters together on surf boards.
Plus there's the new twist of tow-in surfing, which allows surfers catch
monster waves. Using multiple cameras, helicopters and hot-shot surf-cam
operators, John-Paul Beeghly's cinematography is so spectacular that you can't
help feeling exhilarated. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Step Into
Liquid" is a glorious, rapturous, celebratory 9. It's a must-sea.
Copyright © 2003 Susan Granger
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