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While it looks like shameless publicity for the semi-notorious Aussie surfing gang, the film packs a raw energy into this look at a culture of athleticism and male loyalty.
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You know going in that this is going to be a fairly one-sided portrait. But it's also fairly thorough with its archival footage, historical and sociological perspective.
A messy, cheeky, inelegant but unusual and interesting memoir.
Lengthy coverage of a murder trial involving Jai and Koby supplies the odd moment of meaningful reflection, but the overall impression is that of an unconvincing PR exercise.
What begins as a probing look at this culture feels in the end like pro-surf gang propaganda.
An odd and suspect mix of documentary and public relations.
An often fascinating but awkward mix.
In-depth intimate portrait of how a tough Aussie environment within a larrikin culture of rebels with or without a cause has produced spectacular professional surfers.
A piece of PR propaganda.
It aspires to but falls short of Dogtown's inspired, edgy mix of sports history, pop culture, social commentary, and revealing interviews.
...there's an undeniable energy to this subjective, self-serving film which at times says more than it means to about this male-dominated culture.
It may be brash and a slightly biased but it nonetheless offers a fascinating insight into this surfing society.
A story of loyalty that men can relate to while their significant others see Sex and the City.
The only real deal to watch here is the narration done by Russel Crowe. The whole film was emotionally manipulative and only served as a propaganda for the acceptance of gang culture. It's actually quite disturbing to see these people became street hooligans. I can't believe this film even got distributed, I mean what are we trying to teach kids these days. I know their stories are tragic but this is not the excuse for them to pretend they are cool.
A compromised doc on Sydney surfer punk culture, made by one of their own.
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