Drift (2013)

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Australia, 1970s. The Kelly brothers, Andy (28) and Jimmy (22), have one great passion: riding big waves. As kids, their mother escaped from Sydney to Margaret River, a sleepy coastal town with some of the world's most challenging and dangerous waves. For the next 12 years, the boys perfected their surfing skills, always searching for the perfect ride. Free-spirited Jimmy is a gifted surfer and in novator but he starts to slip toward a life of crime to help the family out of debt. Andy makes a … More

Rating: R (for language and drug content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Based On An Original Story By Morgan Oneill &, Morgan O'Neill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2013
Runtime:
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as Andy Kelly

as Jimmy Kelly

as Kat Kelly

as Miller

as Young Andy Kelly

as Young Jimmy Kelly
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Critic Reviews for Drift

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

This poor-surfers-make-good drama from Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott relies more than it should on toned thighs and taut gluteals. Be grateful; there's nothing to see on dry land that's anywhere near as compelling.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
New York Times
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I'm a sucker for films with great surfing footage, let alone wacky '70s hairstyles. But this overlong, cliché-infested Aussie period drama tested my patience.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
New York Post
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Has genial moments, but they're lost in a sea of boilerplate incidents and prefab characters. Surfing sequences are easily as striking as what we see in documentaries about the sport.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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The leads are engaging, and Pollard in particular projects an easygoing, friendly machismo. Where the movie routinely disappoints, though, is in pursuit of a perfect storm of conflict story lines ...

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Writer and co-director Morgan O'Neill based Drift on true surfer stories from the era; however, the movie mostly comes across as a grab bag of tired tropes.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
AV Club
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Manages to get a fair bit right about early 1970s surf culture when it isn't trafficking in the hoariest of David-vs.-Goliath cliches.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Drift

Two Brothers. One Dream. No Rules.

Very Good Film! Drift is the latest surf film paying tribute to and giving us a glimpse into the Australian surf life when popular surf brands were just beginning. The acting is fine all round. Myles Pollard, who also co-produced the film, is solid as the responsible older brother. Xavier Samuel, in one of his best performances, brings charisma and energy to his role. Sam Worthington is excellent. He is perfect as the free-spirited hippie. He seemed to enjoy this role more than some of his recent work and it was wonderful to see him in an Aussie film again. The film does a great job of bringing the 70's back to life. You gotta love JB's colourful bus and the classic kombi vans! The surfing photography is exciting and breathtaking, and the cinematography by Geoffrey Hall is simply beautiful. The soundtrack, a mix of 70's classics and more recent tunes, really adds to the cool laid back vibe. The cast and crew looked like they had fun making this film and it shows. A snapshot into the Aussie surf life, it was a highly enjoyable and upbeat movie experience.

In the 70s two brothers battle killer waves, conservative society and ruthless bikers to kick-start the modern surf industry.

MANUGINO
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

This movie was a bit all over the place. It was part surf movie with some great visuals, part family drama, part drug scene hippie lifestyle, part underdog story, with a small part of love story to round things out. The movie was entertaining enough for one watch, but it is not something I could recommend to people.

Hamee
Heather Metzger

This poor-surfers-make-good drama from Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott relies more than it should on toned thighs and taut gluteals. Be grateful; there's nothing to see on dry land that's anywhere near as compelling. good bio-pic based in truth

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