Bustin' Down The Door

"Very Good"

Bustin' Down The Door Review


Professional sports today are so well-financed that it's hard to imagine them without the trappings of agents, extravagant contracts, and round-the-clock coverage on ESPN. The cool part about Bustin' Down the Door, an enjoyable documentary about the birth of professional surfing, is that we see a sport in its infancy.

The sport's steps toward professionalism, detailed via interviews and Edward Norton's sometimes drowsy narration, started in the mid-1970s. Surfing has come a long way from its beginnings (young surfers used endorsements as a way to get desperately-needed free gear; punctuality was critical in maintaining surfers' tenuous professional status) to become the mainstream success (clothing lines like Quicksilver, magazines, endorsements) it is today. Surfing is still relatively new to the mainstream, so who knows what's going to happen in 30 years. Perhaps names like Mark Richards, Shaun Tomson, and Wayne "Rabbit" Batholomew will be forgotten as pioneers as a new wave of bigger, better surfers take over.

Over 30 years ago, these surf-crazed young men from South Africa and Australia fled to Hawaii's North Shore to ride the world's best waves. Brazen, competitive, and in love with surfing, these kids' zeal and new moves -- breathtakingly captured here in old photographs and film footage -- grab the attention of the surfing press.

But the attention (and prize money) comes with consequences, as native Hawaiians grow increasingly resentful over the outsiders' attention and their boastful, disrespectful behavior. As one interview subject notes, "It's not the way things were done in Hawaii." The resentment even takes a frightening, violent turn, from a collection of heritage-loving goons known as the "black shorts." Fortunately, a peace is reached, setting the wheels in motion for surfers to get paid for their passion as pros.

What makes Bustin' Down the Door so appealing is that it's not about sports but rather about the passion and dedication of some bronzed, mop-haired kids on a mission to become legitimate against all odds. It's a refreshing perspective on sports that we don't see nearly enough, so much so that it's hard to remember that many participate in sports for sheer love. Seeing the prominent figures from the events chronicled in Bustin' Down the Door tell their stories is an important reminder that athletes are passionate about the games they play. In the case of surfing, success hasn't bred contempt; at least not yet anyway.

The DVD includes interviews from the Santa Barbara Film Festival, deleted scenes, and trailers.



Bustin' Down The Door

Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Friday 4th September 2009

Distributed by: Screen Media Films

Production compaines: Fresh & Smoked

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Fresh: 29 Rotten: 8

IMDB: 6.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Jeremy Gosch

Producer: Monika Gosch, Robert Traill

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Advertisement
Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.