driftUS release date: August 2

Western Australia already had their own established surf culture back in the 60’s and 70’s, and the Kelly Brothers quickly embraced it as their obsession. The younger Kelly, Jimmy, had bigger talent on the waves, and his big bro Andy had better common sense, plus a huge business dream. But beyond that, we must admit that the Kellies are not exactly the most revolutionary surf characters worth dedicating a whole feature-length movie on.
Between building a small town surfing equipment shop, carving and polishing surfboards, fending off a drug dealer friend, dealing with a lukewarm Hawaiian love triangle, there are just not enough cool surfing scenes if we’re looking for action. Jimmy and Andy were not competitive surfers and they didn’t surf for trophy or money; at least not until they really need some five thousand Dollars. And for some of us who are in for an actual based-on-a-true-story 70’s period drama, fighting some brutish bikers with Kula Shaker‘s “Govinda” as background music is certainly not what anybody can call historically accurate.

My Rating: 5/10


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