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View from a Blue Moon (2015)

The first surf film shot in 4K, View From A Blue Moon follows the world's most dynamic surfer John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favorite ... See full summary »

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Alex Florence
Ivan Florence
John Florence
Nathan Florence
Bruce Irons
Kiron Jabour
Albee Layer
Matt Meola
Jamie O'Brien
Eli Olson
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Koa Rothman
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The first surf film shot in 4K, View From A Blue Moon follows the world's most dynamic surfer John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favorite surfing destinations around the globe. From the dreamy blue perfection of the South Pacific to the darkest uncharted waters of Africa (and everywhere in between), Florence faces a broad spectrum of emotions as he continues to seal his legacy as one of the most gifted surfers ever. And while the young Hawaiian is pulled in increasingly different directions, there is no form of pressure that will keep him from his ultimate goal - to redefine what is possible in the ocean.

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Mediocre home movie... worst surf movie I've ever seen!

Talk about disappointing!

I haven't watched a surf move since I was a teenager, when I used to watch them during my summers at the beach. Why not take a moment and see what's new?

Ooh, aah... first 4k surf video -- so what? The footage goes on and on and on, aimlessly. Any video editor around here? We've got one tube after another, and another, and... another... ad nauseum. Ditto for the handful of other maneuvers displayed.

Then we travel -- why bother? Did we travel because travel is so cheap in the modern world? Did we make a surf movie because our buddy has a camera with 4k video? Give me a break!

I have 4 criteria for movie viewing:

1. Do I believe the story?

2. Do I care?

3. Do I believe the characters?

4. Do I care about the characters?

I need 4 "Yes" answers to watch a movie. In the case of View from a Blue Moon, the result is horrendous:

1. Do I believe the story? What story? No story in this film!

2. Do I care? I wanted to care, but there's no story to care about.

3. Do I believe the characters. YES! Of course I believe them. The protagonist is a real person.

4. Do I care about the characters? Well, yes, but I care about the characters IN SPITE OF the film, not because of it.

I was going to give this movie 2 out of 10, but I've downshifted to 1 out of 10 - - AWFUL - for two reasons:

First, this movie was so awful, I couldn't even get through half of it. I was out before 30 minutes, and the only reason I lasted that long was because I wanted to like it. I hoped it would get better. Unfortunately, in my experience, if a movie starts out bad, it very rarely gets better.

Second, it seems like populism is the result of all of this social media combined with widely available, easily affordable Audio-Visual toys. North Shore surfer dude whose buddy has a camera with 4k?

That's preposterous -- next thing you know, more of these dude & dude's buddy with 4k-made monstrosities are going to be on IMDb -- and that's truly unfortunate for us film lovers!!!

Bottom line: This is a home movie -- How did it ever get played before my eyes? How did it ever get a page on IMDb?

Cinema is in sad shape until these issues are resolved!


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