DRIFT ( M)

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

IN the early 1970s, two knock­about broth­ers ( Myles Pol­lard and Xavier Sa­muel) liv­ing on the south coast of WA strug­gle to es­tab­lish the re­gion’s first surf shop. With a few tweaks and bet­ter writ­ing, this might have made a fair Aus­tralian match for that epic Amer­i­can surf­ing drama Big Wed­nes­day. In­stead, Drift rarely gets up­right on its board be­fore it tum­bles off and must start over again. At best, the movie is a like­able, if lunk- headed sham­bles. At worst? Well, it isn’t quite as bad as all that. Though a run­ning time of al­most two hours is se­verely test­ing a fleet­ing friend­ship. Surf­ing se­quences are solid with­out be­ing sen­sa­tional. Co- star Sam Wor­thing­ton ( Avatar) con­trib­utes lit­tle as a ginger- bearded hip­pie wastrel.

Com­ing soon to State Cin­ema

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