Preview: Chasing Mavericks (2012)


A young boy, raised by a stranger, gains an interest in surfing and makes it his goal in life to ride the legendary Mavericks, fabled waves that only his adoptive father and his friends seem to know about.

  • Poster: B-


I may not personally like the design, but it can easily be argued that its cluttered inventiveness is at least compelling. Viewers who are into surfing movies may find great interest in this design causing them to seek the film out. Otherwise, it may not have much influence.

  • Trailer: C- / B-


While watching the first trailer, I couldn't help but feel I was watching a surf-based Karate Kid rip-off. That kind of generic pandering doesn't work well for me and I doubt will work for others.

They've nicely tuned up the first trailer and made it seem more like a traditional surfing movie about a troubled young man whose reluctant mentor helps keep him from crashing and burning. It may not be a movie that appeals to me, but I can see how this trailer design might encourage higher attendance than its predecessor.

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Release Date:

  • October 26, 2012