Chasing Mavericks

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Chasing Mavericks
Chasing Mavericks Poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Michael Apted
Produced by Curtis Hanson
Mark Johnson
Brandon Hooper
Jim Meenaghan
Screenplay by Kario Salem
Story by Jim Meenaghan
Brandon Hooper
Starring Gerard Butler
Jonny Weston
Elisabeth Shue
Abigail Spencer
Music by Chad Fischer
Cinematography Bill Pope
Edited by John Gilbert
Production
  company
Walden Media
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • October 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)[1]
Running time 116 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million[3]
Box office $8.3 million[4]

Chasing Mavericks is a 2012 American biographical drama film directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted about the life of American surfer Jay Moriarity.[5]

Plot[edit]

In 1987 an 8 year-old boy in Santa Cruz, California, Jay Moriarity is saved from drowning by his next door neighbour, surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler). This ignites his passion for the sport.

One morning, Jay (Jonny Weston), now 15, sees Frosty leaving early and hitches a ride on his van. He sees Frosty and three of his friends riding a gigantic swell known as Mavericks, which only occurs once every seven to ten years, and with El Niño coming in will be at its height in three months' time.

Reluctantly, Frosty agrees to teach Jay how to surf Mavericks, but he needs to learn about the "foundation pillars of surfing". These involve him learning to paddle board 36 miles from Santa Cruz to Monterey Bay, treading water for 40 minutes and being able to hold his breath for four minutes.

While training, Frosty also encourages him to write essays to focus on the task. His first essay is about Kim (Leven Rambin), his girlfriend, whose dog he saved when he was 8, which caused him to nearly drown. Jay gets closer to Kim as he trains, partially encouraged by Frosty's wife, Brenda (Abigail Spencer). A few weeks before the Mavericks biggest swell, Brenda has a stroke and dies.

Distraught a few days later, Frosty rides out into the bay and Jay goes after him. Using the knowledge he has acquired he helps Frosty back to shore and Frosty realises that Jay is ready to ride Mavericks. Frosty takes Jay to Mavericks at Half Moon Bay and, with his three friends, they watch him tread water against the tide and agree he is ready to ride with them.

For Jay's 16th birthday on June 15, 1994, his mother (Elisabeth Shue) gives him a radio so he can listen to the weather broadcasts to track the swell for Mavericks. Frosty gives him a custom-made "big wave gun" (a long surfboard especially designed for riding big waves). Though Frosty had wanted to keep Mavericks a secret, Jay's notebook that he had been using for preparation ends up in the hands of his rival (Taylor Handley). When Jay and Frosty go to Half Moon Bay, there is a large crowd and boats taking surfers out.

Jay paddles out and many of the newcomers wipe out before getting to surf the Mavericks. Jay is wiped out at first, but then retrieves his board and successfully rides Mavericks. A title card reveals that he married Kim and died at age 22 while free-diving in the Maldives. The film ends with Frosty, Kim, and an assemblage of others holding a surfers' memorial service for Jay.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film went into production in October 2011[5] with a scheduled release date of October 26, 2012.[6] On December 19, Gerard Butler was hospitalised briefly after being injured during a surfing stunt.[6] Gerard Butler was mentored by big-wave surfer Grant Washburn.[7] Michael Apted received second-position director credit for this film because he took over as director during the last 15 days of principal photography, while Curtis Hanson recovered from complications arising from recent heart surgery.[8]

Reception[edit]

The film has received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 30% based on 79 reviews, with the consensus stating: "It's sweet, gentle, and affably modest, but Chasing Mavericks is ultimately pulled under by an unconvincing script and a puzzling lack of energy."

Home media[edit]

Chasing Mavericks was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on February 26, 2013.

Book[edit]

In October 2012 Frosty Hesson published Making Mavericks with Zola Books. The book is a memoir filled with Hesson's life-affirming lessons and describes his experience mentoring Jay Moriarity.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chasing Mavericks". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "CHASING MAVERICKS (PG)". British Board of Film Classification. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  3. ^ Kaufman, Amy (2012-10-25). "'Silent Hill' sequel likely to lead lackluster weekend at box office". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  4. ^ "Chasing Mavericks". Boxoffice.com. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b McClintock, Pamela (October 3, 2011). "Fox 2000 Boards Walden Media's Gerard Butler Surfing Pic 'Of Men and Mavericks' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Gerard Butler injured while filming 'Of Men and Mavericks' stunt". DigitalSpy. December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ Lytal, Cristy (October 28, 2012). "Gerard Butler's surfing mentor? That's Grant Washburn". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Fleming Jr., Michael (November 23, 2011). "Michael Apted To Finish Surf Movie For Curtis Hanson". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Making Mavericks: A Memoir by Frosty Hesson". Surfwire. September 6, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 

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