Film4: PREMIERE Thursday 29 October, 11.10pm
Surf’s up for Jonny Weston as Santa Cruz teenager Jay Moriarty, mentored by grouchy Gerard Butler (as Frosty Hesson!) in photogenic touchy-feely ‘true-life’ drama put together by veteran British director Michael Apted after LA Confidential’s Curtis Hanson fell ill.
Aiming to be the Karate Kid of surfer movies, it’s a familiar collection of soapy clichés. The waves are deep, the rest of it… not shallow exactly but somewhat formulaic. A ‘child of the tides’, Moriarty was dead at 22, free-diving in the Maldives. In the film, Weston’s childhood sweetheart looks a lot like his mom (played by Elisabeth Shue), which is a bit weird.