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True Story Behind Adrift

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I don’t know about you, but movies based on life-changing true stories are my favorite kind. Adrift is the story of Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp as they sail into the worlds most catastrophic hurricane. All the way through the movie I couldn’t stop watching as it switched back and forth between scenes that took place before they set sail and afterward. The film showed how they fell in love and how they got unlucky.

Tami Oldham is played by one of my favorite actresses, Shailene Woodley, and Richard Sharp is played by the very talented Sam Clafin. Both of these actors played the parts they were given spot on. Especially with the scenes during the actual hurricane. I watched as they tumbled about the ship and got spit out the other end of the hurricane.

I think the most fantastic thing about this movie is how much you learn from it. While I watching the film, I picked up little hints on how to sail a boat and what to bring with you. You also learn about the dangers of the ocean and what a hurricane can really do. I didn’t even want to get up to get popcorn while I was watching the movie, and I don’t think my mom did either in fear that we might miss something.

The ocean has been a part of my life ever since I was little because we live so close, so watching the story of the huge waves capsizing a ship I knew I could think back and remember seeing big waves and how disastrous they could be. In the end, though, the story was heartwarming and heartbreaking, and I can’t tell you why without spoiling the whole movie, but I will tell you that you HAVE to see this film.

You can purchase the DVD for this film and watch it at home. Based on true story movies are the best, and this one has become my new favorite.

Bonus Features:

Deleted Scenes
Survival at Sea – An interview with the cast and filmmakers
Braving the Elements – A behind-the-scenes look at filming in the open waters
Journey– Shailene Woodley takes viewers on a journey into Adrift
Theatrical Trailer #1
Theatrical Trailer #2
Feature Commentary with Director Baltasar Kormákur and Shailene Woodley

Ella is the OC Mom Blog teen blogger. She is an integrated arts student at the Orange County School of the Arts by day, and a fashionista by night. She loves baking, teddy bears and nice people. Read her column here
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