Billabong Odyssey (2003)
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Critic Reviews for Billabong Odyssey
Eventually suffers from its accumulation of admittedly spectacular but repetitive images and would probably benefit from both extensive trimming and projection on a large-format screen.
A superb documentary that delves into the science, emotions and danger surrounding the handful of men and women who risk their lives searching for the ultimate thrill.
A dog's dinner of profiles, repetitive narration, safety tips and banal 'insights' into the joys and dangers of cresting waves that sometimes reach 70 feet.
The participants include a who's who of surf greats, from Mike Parsons and Layne Beachley to 49-year-old Ken Bradshaw (the father of big-wave/ tow-in surfing), who continues to ride the fearsome breaks like they were kid stuff.
With its emphasis on global positioning devices, Jet Skis and computer-designed surfboards, Mr. Boston's film is very much concerned with the stuff and very little with the spirit of professional surfing as practiced today.
Audience Reviews for Billabong Odyssey
Can't get enough of these tow surfing docs. Seems a little more dated and would recomend "Riding Giants" over this. Once you see that.... this movie gets more into the preparation and training going into how tow surfing got started.
I watched the BIllabong Odyssey. Its basically about tow surfing and trying to get the biggest waves in the world. It used to be impossible but with Jetskis, it is actually possible to go out deeper into the ocean so you dont have to paddle past big white waters to get big waves and be rescued easier from the waves. It was very cool. It wasnt a phenomenal film or anything but it was very cool to watch. THe visuals were the most entertraining part. But the movie started to die out visually after the first 30 minutes. But there were still some mosnter waves toward the end. I also caught Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas. It was a very beautiful film...sometimes. It was etiher amazing to see or just sortve lacking sometimes and the ending was pretty boring but it was still better than I had heard.
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