'Drift' review: Catching surfing's '70s wave
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
A couple of likable leads and some impressive ride-the-waves cinematography aren't enough to bail out the sports drama "Drift," set in the days when surfing first made a big splash in the Australian southwest.
The elder sibling, Andy (Myles Pollard), hits the waves after stints at the lumber mill, and Jimmy (Xavier Samuel), a natural at the sport, spends most of his time in the water (and chasing girls).
Sick of his dead-end job and inspired by the arrival of a hippie-ish, hash-smoking surfing photographer (Sam Worthington) with a young Hawaiian surfer (Lesley-Anne Brandt) in tow, Andy pushes his family to open a shop selling boards and wet suits.
The film suggests that we're seeing the birth, in fictional form, of the Australian surf gear industry that eventually spawned the likes of Quiksilver and Billabong.
The film does take glancing notice of the conflict between the commercialization of surfing and the cosmic and purist attitude represented by the photographer.
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