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At a long two hours, the film gets as repetitive as the tide.
The film may not shed any new light on Hamilton, but the footage of him riding 100-foot-high waves is nothing short of awesome.
The film's last shot is a gasp-inducing long look at Hamilton triumphantly skimming across a wave for what seems like minutes. In the end, that ride isn't worth the work it takes to get there.
"Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton" doesn't exactly wade deep into the psyche of the legendary surfer, but his spectacularly filmed exploits on the water are awfully fun to watch, even for those not immersed in the sport.
If it's a quality film about surfing you crave, track down John Milius' Big Wednesday.
The documentary stirs up most of its sporadic excitement in the surfing footage, of which there is plenty.
This is Kennedy's profile in courage, a film about the connection between the great man and the "incorrigible egomaniac." For all the awesome surfing footage, Take Every Wave is a serious film about the death-or-glory attitude of an extreme athlete.
All of the descriptive commentary is overshadowed by truly dazzling, awe-inspiring cinematography, some of it shown in a 60-Minutes profile of Hamilton but some of it new.
The real draw in Take Every Wave is the many shots of Hamilton and others surfing big waves.
The line between dedication and addiction is a thin one, and ... that line is even thinner for the surfer who's the subject of this involving documentary.
The music-laden photography here is phenomenal, especially in a drone-footage finish so spectacular no one even tries to narrate, let alone explain it.
The film ends with a two-minute-and-15-second shot of him on such a board, riding a rolling wave far out in the ocean. It might not be worth the two-hour journey to see it, but what a beautiful image.
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