Universal // 2011 // 113 Minutes // Rated PG-13
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 15th, 2011
More girls surfing.
Remember the original Blue Crush? Yeah, me neither. Well, here's another one.
Dana (Sasha Jackson, One Tree Hill) is a self-absorbed brat who loves surfing and not listening to her rich dad who's provided an awesome home for her. He wants her to go to college. She wants to go on a spiritual surf quest in South Africa, following her deceased mother's diary. Her goal: surf the spots mom detailed and cap the journey off with the totally tubular beach that she couldn't get to. Along the way, Dana makes some cool new friends, dates a cool new guy, and surfs some cool new waves.
Cheers, to a completely forgettable and disposable experience. Blue Crush 2 has nothing to do with the original, aside from the fact it features lithe young women discovering themselves and having their stunt doubles do lots of surfing. So, if you're a fan of narrative continuation in the Blue Crush universe, you will likely be disappointed. If you're a fan of movies that aren't clichéd, generic exercises in mediocrity, you will also likely be disappointed.
Nothing that happens here is particularly interesting. The idea of a girl trying to fulfill her mother's destiny had some potential, but two things happened along the way: 1) the potential emotion of the moment was overshadowed by cheesy soap opera crap, and 2) when the writers decide to devote significant time to the deceased-mother/daughter dynamic, they ladle the sentimentality on so thick, it detracts from any possible impact.
What's left then? Stuff you've seen a million times before. Two people from wildly divergent socio-ethnic backgrounds start out as antagonists but become close friends thanks to their common love of an extreme activity; a girl meets a cool guy who's sort of a lovable failure at life and they fall in love; a major sporting competition features jerks and an underdog, one of the jerks develops a newfound respect for the underdog and they become close friends; a daughter and her estranged father embrace.
Only the surf scenes stand out and that's because they're done by professionals and noticeably not by our stars. Whatever...I can still respect the wave-busting talent and the cameras gather some decent footage, which looks good in high-definition.
That would be a 1.78:1, 1080p transfer (VC-1 encoded), sand-blasted with color. It's a bright, almost harsh transfer, unsubtle in its attempt to nuke your eyes with tropical hues, but it fits the film. The surf scenes pop with the most gusto. The photography is striking and the high resolution adds vigor to the visual fidelity. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix is effective at transmitting the whining and blubbering plus a pop soundtrack. Extras: an alternate opening; gag reel; deleted scenes; commentary with the cast and director; three featurettes on the production, the surf scenes, and filming in South Africa; plus a DVD copy and a Digital copy.
What's hipster surf lingo for "blah"?
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* DTS 5.1 Surround (French)
* DTS 5.1 Surround (Spanish)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13
* Deleted Scenes
* Gag Reel
* DVD Copy
* Digital Copy