CHASING MAVERICKS (Fox, 2012) D: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson, w/ Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: NNNN Rating: NNN
In 1987, veteran surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) trains 15-year-old surfer kid Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) to ride the giant waves at a little-known place called the Mavericks.
The drama and humour of life on dry land gets deft handling that lets the growing father-son relationship develop naturally, and both Butler and Weston do justice to the script's touches of poetry and philosophy.
The movie really comes alive on the water, with amazing camera work that emphasizes the ocean's crushing power and the very real dangers faced by big-wave surfers.
Chasing Mavericks was shot at the real Mavericks and in Santa Cruz, where the true story happened. The extras explore the town, surfing culture and the real Jay Moriarity.
EXTRAS Apted and producers commentary, Santa Cruz doc, shooting-surf-scenes doc. English, French, Spanish audio. English, Spanish subtitles.