Filmmaker Bruce Brown captures surfers performing their favorite pastime.
" Step Into Liquid is the perfect way to end the summer. "
" 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. "
" With neo-rock replacing beach boyisms and new optical technology permitting crisp Steadicam close-ups of ballet-like aquabatics, Step into Liquid is state-of-the-art non-art. "
" Step into Liquid is for extreme sports fans, for sure. But its appeal is wide enough to leave this mild-mannered movie critic itching to catch a wave someday. "
" Step Into Liquid delivers eye-popping shots pumped up by the genuine cowabunga enthusiasm of true believers. By the end all you want to do is get in the water. "
" While Egoyan and Co. are to be commended for doing a tactful, dignified job with material that could have made for a ghoulish horror show, the result nevertheless comes across as a flat, ponderous proposition ... "
" When Step Into Liquid remembers that it is indeed all about the wave, it pulls us right into it. "
" [Brown] collects some fascinating stories. "
" Brown's premise is that surfing is fun anywhere, and his film celebrates that idea and showcases the spectacular moves and wrecks that are an integral part of any surf movie. "
" Serves up enough action and passion to stay afloat, but at the end of the day it's just not the perfect ride those earlier films were. "
" Step Into Liquid could very well be the perfect surfing movie. "
" Truly like a day at the beach. "
" While Step Into Liquid has charming and even breathtaking moments, it definitely flags after the halfway point. "
" The spectacular photography, smart editing and pounding score is so hypnotic, it's a shock to come out of the theater and step onto concrete. "
" This is pretty much a feel-good film for committed fans and moviegoers looking for some spectacular combination of travelogue, athleticism and slo-mo grace. "
" Part of the appeal is the underlying theme of the torch being passed between generations. "
" Brown goes off in search of those who surf only because they love it. And this takes him to some unexpected places. "
" The undisputed surf-film champion. "
" Because it gets so close to the real thing, the film does a good job of letting even the most hopelessly landlocked viewers experience vicariously the unique allure and adrenaline rush of being one with a surging 60-foot wall of water. "
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