Step Into Liquid (2003)
A documentary which centers on a cross-section of characters who come from many walks of life, but share one thing in common--the need to surf. For many of them, surfing is merely a hobby. For others, surfing is an identity and a lifestyle. For a fortunate and talented few, it is a profession. For one, it is salvation.
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Critic Reviews for Step Into Liquid
Some of the images are breathtaking, particularly the underwater shots looking up through the water to the surfers on the surface.
Step Into Liquid is not only about passion, it demonstrates it through a deep and loving knowledge and respect for the subject matter.
The cinematography is stunning, the camera so close to the surfer that it takes you inside the wave, beneath the falling crest.
Produced with an insider's knowledge and affection, but surfing's moment as an exotic pop phenomenon with a big curiosity factor for landlubbers has passed...
A surfing documentary that offers a satisfactory amount of thrills within a tsunami of platitudes and hyperbole.
Absolutely unlike any documentary you've ever seen, Step Into Liquid nearly qualifies as a religious experience.
A wonderful commercial for everything that makes surfing so enjoyable for many people.
From start to finish, this documentary on the water-based board sport is filled with 'How did they do that?' moments.
[Director Dana Brown's] random approach lacks focus, and the interviews with surf champs and hobbyists don't explain the surfing mystique.
When Step Into Liquid remembers that it is indeed all about the wave, it pulls us right into it.
If the narration gets a little hokey at times -- clichéd phrases are tossed out without much thought -- the interview subjects are refreshingly real, and you can't help but smile at their waterlogged wisdom.
Between an entirely attractive cast of characters and stupendous, awe-inspiring cinematography, Step Into Liquid is wonderful entertainment.
In any sport, whether it's whacking a ball into a cup or your opponent into submission, the majestic and the absurd are very close cousins, and Brown is generous enough here to give us a long look at both.
The only faults in the film are those that are basically unavoidable in extreme sports docs.
...the human subjects of Dana Brown's documentary don't have much to say. Everyone recites the same "Surfing's great" mantra.
Captures the infectious coolness of surfing.
Audience Reviews for Step Into Liquid
For the surfer, if it exists within you. For those who aren't fascinated by the surf culture, it is just a well pieced together documentary..without any really interesting revelations.More
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