Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, July 12:
BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE
Los Angeles, Hot Springs Doc, Palm Springs, Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, Newport Beach
A portrait of the professional surfer, best known for losing an arm to a shark attack as a teenager.
Hawaiian born Bethany Hamilton had already been surfing competitively for five years when she was attacked by a tiger shark at the age of 13. She gained fame not only for surviving the encounter, but for bouncing back and continuing to compete. Her story became a bestselling book, which was later adapted into a film. Director Aaron Lieber is understandably less interested in focusing on this well-trod territory here, and instead follows the now adult Hamilton, as she still attempts to compete on the pro circuit while balancing the responsibilities of marriage and motherhood. While featuring the requisite well-lensed surfing footage one would expect from such a project, this puffy portrait offers no real surprise or drama and feels overstretched with multiple endings, making it best suited to Hamilton’s existing fanbase.