Last night I attended the movie premiere for the movie Soul Surfer, which is based on the real-life events of Bethany Hamilton, a 13-year-old who was on her way to becoming a pro-surfer when she loses her left arm in a shark attack.
While many people may give up – through her determination, faith, and the support of her family, Bethany is able to get back on her board. The movie clearly has a strong faith element to it, as you can see in the trailer, particularly in the scene with AnnaSophia Robb, who portrayed Bethany, and Carrie Underwood, who plays youth minister Sarah Hill.
I thought that the movie did a wonderful job of showing how Bethany may have questioned what her life would be like after the shark attack, but never doubted her faith.
After the movie was shown, a question and answer session was held with Bethany and her family, the cast, and director, among others. Actor Kevin Sorbo, who played the father of Bethany’s best friend, made one remark that I thought summed up the theme of the movie so well: “To have a 13 year old act that way after the attack, and use it as a positive instead of a negative…there is not many people double, triple, quadruple her age that would have done what she did. They would have self-pitied, they would have felt sorry for themselves. And she goes out there and shows the world that she can be a beacon for God, and a beacon for Jesus, and come out with such a positive message for the rest of the world. It’s unbelievable.”
Check back tomorrow for my personal reactions to the movie, along with another photo or two from the premiere!