With two arms, she was just a surfer. But it takes one arm to be a Soul Surfer.
The movie doesn't come out for another week but I saw a screening of it last night. Great looking cinematography of Hawaii, and it's based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, whose arm was bitten off by a shark. The CGI is outstanding - YOU WILL BELIEVE ANNASOPHIA ROBB ONLY HAS ONE ARM. Otherwise, it's a very Christian-themed TV movie of the week. I generally liked it though it's really aimed towards young people and families. The credits with real footage of the real Bethany Hamilton are worth sitting through.
You know, I had much the same reaction. I taped it both nights, but found myself sleeping through the first night - I was tired. I can enjoy a movie based on a book, but different from the book (say hello to the Wizard of Oz)