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Cast: Scott Eastwood, Cheryl Ladd, Patrick Lyster

Director: Bruce Macdonald

Genre: Adventure | Biography | Drama

Year: 2014

Rating: PG

Anchor Bay Entertainment presents the inspiring story about surfing and second chances, THE PERFECT WAVE, starring Scott Eastwood (Trouble with the Curve, the upcoming Fury), Rachel Hendrix (October Baby), Cheryl Ladd (“Charlie’s Angels”), and Patrick Lyster (“Black Sails”). Based on true events, THE PERFECT WAVE follows avid surfer, and future ordained minister, Ian McCormack, on his travels to find the perfect wave. This visually-stunning film, shot in exotic locations – New Zealand, Bali, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the island of Mauritius – will be available on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand September 16, 2014.

Scott Eastwood – son of screen legend Clint Eastwood – delivers a breakthrough performance as Ian McCormack, a rebellious young surfer who impulsively decides to leave home and travel the world’s most exotic surf spots. But living in the moment can have its thrills – including a romance with beautiful kindred soul Annabel (Rachel Hendrix of October Baby) – as well as its sacrifices. And following a horrific accident and near-death experience on the Island of Mauritius, Ian receives a glimpse into eternity that will change his life forever. Patrick Lyster (“Black Sails”) and Cheryl Ladd (“Charlie’s Angels”) co-star in this inspirational true story about the power of faith, the love of family, and one man’s search for THE PERFECT WAVE.

The film’s talented cast also features award-winning professional surfers, Matt Bromley and Rosy Hodge.

"The Perfect Wave" looked like a good Christian film on paper but it has so many things go against it. First off let me state that the film is based on a true story and its heart is in the right place with its messages of faith. Okay now on to some of the things that really dragged the film down for me.

For starters the story is not very good at all, a movie that is based on true events deserved a better script than this one. There are things that happen in the movie that are never explained and there are things that are just not believable. Another down side to the film was the acting which was not very good. Scott Eastwood may have his dad's movie star looks but he doesn't have the acting skills for a role like this and the acting from some of the supporting cast is even worse. And finally I thought the film was too preachy for its own good. I have reviewed other Christian based films and have never seen this much preaching before. I do expect some but I just felt it went a bit too far with it all.

A few of the good things were the beautiful locations in Bali/Indonesia, South Africa and Mauritius, New Zealand and Australia. And like I said before the film's heart is in the right place but it needed a better cast and script to make it all work.

"The Perfect Wave" is available on DVD and Blu-ray. Both come with Special Features that include:

Interview with Director Bruce Macdonald

“The Perfect Wave: It’s Not Just About Love” featurette

“Perfect Wave” music video

“Collide: Uphill Struggle Of A Downhill Skater” featurette, behind-the-scenes footage, and more!

Available only at Walmart. I can only recommend this to those that enjoy these Christian based films, otherwise I think it is a pass.

Anchor Bay Entertainment

1 3/4 Out Of *****