Soul Surfer Trailer Pretends It Isn't About A Shark Attack

By Josh Tyler 2011-01-12 18:30:13discussion comments
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It seems like five minutes ago that AnnaSophia Robb was the little girl in Bridge to Terabithia or Race to Witch Mountain, but now she’s all grown up and doing a surfing movie. Now nearly 18-years-old, Robb is the star of Soul Surfer, in which she’ll play Bethany Hamilton. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because she had her arm bitten off by a shark, and decided to go right on surfing anyway.

The first trailer for Soul Surfer has arrived and, here’s the really bizarre thing: There’s no mention at all of the shark attack. Instead if you watch carefully you’ll note that a lot of the latter half of the trailer is spent keeping at least one of AnnaSophia Robb’s arms out of sight at all times. Take a look:


Instead of hinting at what makes Bethany’s story so compelling, and by extension this movie worth seeing, the trailer simply shows a lot of beautiful surfing shots while engaging a little gratuitous plugging of Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt's involvement, without any dialogue while blaring peppy music. It’s a pretty weird decision, particularly in light of the subject matter.
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