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January 27, 2011

'Soul Surfer' Trailer Premieres

Inspirational story of Bethany Hamilton coming to the big screen in April


Jan. 28 update: And we now have the trailer embedded below.

Entertainment Weekly has the premiere of the new trailer for Soul Surfer, coming to theaters in April. It's the inspirational story of Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm to a shark attack at age 13 but has gone on to become one of the world's top surfers, thanks to her courage, perseverance, and Christian faith.

AnnaSophia Robb plays Hamilton, while Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt play her parents. The faith angle is clear in the film, but it's not at all "preachy." It's a pretty good surfing movie, with beautiful people and places throughout, and based on one of the most inspirational stories I've ever heard. (Seriously? Losing an arm to a shark attack and not only having the courage to get right back in the water, but going on to become one of the best surfers in the world anyway? I find that, and Hamilton's story, astonishing and incredibly uplifting.)

CT visited the Soul Surfer set last year and interviewed Quaid and Robb; my interview with Bethany Hamilton will post shortly before the April 8 release of the film.


I saw a pre-release screening of Soul Surfer a few days ago. I've been to screenings of Facing The Giants, Fireproof, Letters To God... and have left every one of them depressed about the state of Christian "art" in the world of film.
I'm thrilled to say that I really, really enjoyed Soul Surfer. I would be perfectly fine taking anyone, Christian or not, to see this film.

This looks interesting. Inspirational stories are usually not my favorite genre, but I will be keeping track of this story, to see how well it does. If it has some big successes, then I'm in. If not, I may watch it on DVD. I'll just have to see.

I hope they dont bring too much negative light on sharks and focus on her story more! Well I love the story, I mean Hamilton's story is incredible. I would be terrified to go back into the water but she is brave. I love the cast: Quaid, Robb, Hunt. But the trailer was nothing but some screen shots that told us nothing. I was hoping for a better look at the acting and such. I didn't care for the trailer but who knows, maybe it will turn out as a decent inspirational movie.

I've only seen the trailer, which was shown before a G rated movie.

Scene: Shot from the perspective of a shark attacking a surfer, loud scary music, surfer is knocked off the board...

Since I would like to have my child (who is nine years old) continue to swim in the ocean, this is exactly the kind of scene I don't want her to see.

Showing the aforementioned trailer before a G rated movie is totally inappropriate and highly irresponsible. There were children as young as 3 years old in the theater.

Song at 0:26 to 0:42?