‘The Perfect Wave’ ~ CFDb Movie Review
Based on a true story, The Perfect Wave, is a family oriented, coming of age movie, set against thrilling backgrounds of the international twenty-something world of tropical and exotic surfing in New Zealand, Bali, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the Island of Mauritius.
Ian McCormack leads a mundane life in Christchurch New Zealand. He is a twenty-four year-old latent teenager who sets off in search of the perfect wave. He drags his closest surfing buddy along with him, tempting fate and the call for a wild adventure. His overly protective, religious mother reluctantly sends him on his way tearfully reminding him if he gets in trouble, turn to God. Ian’s search is a broader quest, beyond the next wave and next party. Ian discovers himself yearning for something other than the communal surf-party life. He wants, like so many young people, to go feral, to let life lead him and see what surprises it will provide. Ian pushes to continue with the journey, finding and losing love and friends as his journey continues. Finally, he finds a communal beach paradise, with incredible surf, friends, peace and fulfillment emerging from the acceptance of whatever the world throws his way. An approaching storm threatens the resort community while setting its course to ignite the outer reef into an epic surf break and provide the perfect wave he has been searching for. That night, Ian joins some friends on a night dive for lobster and, in the dark water of the reef, encounters a group of dreaded box jellyfish with venom so virulent; one sting will kill. Ian is stung five times before he knows what’s happening and struggles back to shore, where he is abandoned and left without hope.
While on route to the hospital, he realizes he is going to die. With nowhere else to turn, he remembers his mother’s parting words to call on God in times of trouble and desperation. In the back of the ambulance, he fumbles his way through the Lord’s Prayer, accepting in whatever way he knows, God’s grace. At the Mauritian hospital, Ian is pronounced dead shortly after his arrival and is wheeled off to the morgue. Ian awakes finding himself out of his own body, in complete darkness in a cold and strange place. As Ian struggles with what has happened and is lifted out of the darkness on a perfect wave, a light rising to heaven at the feet of Christ, he is forgiven, redeemed and given the choice to stay in true paradise or return to tell the world his story. Remembering his mother’s love and wanting to share what he has seen, Ian chooses to return. Fifteen minutes after the doctor had pronounced him dead, he awakens in the morgue. Ian walks out of the hospital and returns to his community of friends who are already mourning the news of his death. To their shock, he shares his story and in the morning returns home to New Zealand, his plane rising over the outer reef where he sees the most incredible perfect wave breaking beneath him.
That true story happened 28 years ago. How many people have you heard about, or know, that have personally met their Creator and lived to talk about it? Now meet someone who has and you will be able to live his amazing and extraordinary experience for yourself.
Great Cinematography in this one for sure. The last 1/2 hour or so is so powerful and really shows God’s love for His children. Here are some things that caught my attention:
- The unbelievable irresponsibility of Ian in the beginning. It was hard to relate to him as I started working at 15 and never quit. It seemed he was 24 and hadn’t worked a day in his life. Do you know anyone else like that or was that just the movie leaving out some details?
- I really liked the whole family community feeling for all the surfers. You met someone for the first time, surfer to surfer, and you’re normally instant friends. That is the way it should be in the Christian community and sometimes is too.
- Tremendous scene of forgiveness.
- Couldn’t help but have an overwhelming sense of sadness for Anabelle as she is a perfect example of a lot of lost people out there, not really knowing where to turn or Who to turn to.
- The most powerful part was close to the ending, what a unique experience and calling Ian had. What he was told to do is really every one’s calling that has accepted Jesus into their lives.
Check out the podcast interview with Rachel Hendrix, who plays Anabel in this film!
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