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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
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Fading West is a unique, visually stunning, and intimate look at Switchfoot on their 2012 World Tour. The basic premise of the movie is to give a glimpse of the inspiration, development, and creation of their 9th studio album, Fading West, slated to release in January 2014. Switchfoot said about their upcoming album: "We have never worked so hard on a project, nor traveled so far for inspiration, than we did to create this record. These songs are full of heart, hope, sweat, and saltwater." This movie does an excellent job capturing that inspiration and creation while simultaneously capturing the personal and touring lives of the band.

This movie is part rock documentary, part surf film, and part travelogue. We experience the band traveling to some of the most beautiful places of the world: Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Bali, searching for waves to ride and inspiration for their album. There is a ton of spectacular footage of the stunning environments that they find themselves in. On the technical side, everything is top notch. Chad Butler, Switchfoot's drummer, did an excellent job producing the movie. The video is crystal clear without any special effects. The style of video is both professional and still intimate. The audio is layered perfectly between dialogue, the soundtrack, and various environmental sounds.

The movie has an overall positive tone that is often fueled with jokes and comedic moments. Jon, Tim, Drew, Chad, and Jerome all radiate a tangible hope and joy with each other and with the people that they interact with. The only time the movie is takes a more somber tone was when the band was in Australia, Jon Foreman learned his daughter had to undergo emergency surgery. He and the band have a very emotional moment before he takes a 30 hour trip back to the states to be there with his family. His daughter's surgery turned out fine and after spending a little time with his family he headed out to New Zealand to meet up with the band. This experience gives us viewers a glimpse of the sacrifices that are made out on the road and will definitely tug on your heartstrings.

The soundtrack for the movie is the music for the new album (oftentimes just the instrumental parts). It has an alternative pop sound and it's definitely a new direction for Switchfoot. The songs off their Fading West EP are featured, and they are a good representation of the songs in the film. The music fits well with the film and makes me excited for the new album. I've also heard from another source that the new songs are often played over footage from where it was they had been visiting when the song was written.

A few things to note:
-If you are hoping for a live concert, you will be disappointed as there isn't one single full length live song on this 80 minute movie.
-This movie is squeaky clean, however, there is one bleeped out word during an interview with Blink 182's lead singer, and the band is often on the beach where there are sometimes women in bikini's. My instinct would be to give it a PG rating.
-Personal faith is woven throughout the film, however it is never preachy or overbearing.
-If you are hoping to learn about the history of the band, you will not learn much. This film is all about where they are and where they are going.

This movie gave me a deeper appreciation for Switchfoot. They make many sacrifices to bring hope and joy to people across the globe. If you are a Switchfoot fan, you should definitely rent or buy this movie. If you just stumbled onto this film, if you pick this up you will quickly become a Switchfoot fan.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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There is little I can add to the other reviews, but i'll do it anyways! ---
"Switchfoot" is my favorite band for a multitude of reasons. Jon Foreman, along with Daniel Haseltine of "Jars of Clay", are amongst the greatest songwriters of our generation... and I'm 57! Their poetry and prose are amazing. They are literary geniuses... no, I'm not exaggerating. Excellent poetry consists of a deep heart-felt relatable meaning- and that meaning is communicated "just below the words". Most of us cannot write what we really want to- especially if the Lord has given us something to share. This is why the Holy Spirit "speaks for us" in the presence of the Father. He "verbalizes" the thoughts and emotions found in the depths of our soul, and intercedes on our behalf. As a physician, I see all forms of human suffering, and when praying with my patients, I feel inadequate, for i know that to say "I understand" is actually untrue, unless I have suffered the same. But know that Jesus knows- and therein is true peace... He knows our name, our weakness and our pain- and He never wastes a hurt. His presence is the true comfort.---
So then- what does that have to do with Switchfoot? God has given Jon a rare gift- He not only sees the human heart with stunning depth and compassion, he is able to pen the words which take you there. Through wonderful imagery, precise as a surgeons scalpel, and yet meaningful in a wide array of thought and circumstance- He helps us to seek Jesus in a most wonderful way. I still cry when listening to "On Fire":
They tell you where you need to go
They tell you when you'll need to leave
They tell you what you need to know
They tell you who you need to be
But everything inside you knows
There's more than what you've heard
There's so much more than empty conversations
Filled with empty words
And you're on fire
When He's near you
You're on fire
When He speaks
You're on fire
Burning at these mysteries.

My mother had recently died, I was working very long hours, and my son was struggling with Tourettes syndrome. I was comforted by scripture, my earthly father, our church family... and this song! ---

I hope that each band member, and especially their families, will be greatly blessed of God for the sacrifices they have made! Thank you! I had no idea that the band went to heavy metal festivals to bring Christ to the listeners! WOW! The DVD "Fading West" tells their story in a wonderful way. One other note: two of my adult children have met the band members several times... They are the real deal! I'm sure they aren't perfect people- nobody is- but they are kind, gracious, accommodating, and just plain fun to be with! ---
also..... THEY SURF!! (Really well!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
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Whether you're a hardcore Switchfoot fan, a casual listener, or none of these, this movie is worthy of being watched by everyone. It gives you an inside look on what this rock band goes through and it pulls you into the beautiful scenery, the dramatic turns in the band member's personal lives, and even gives you a clue to what it's like to go surfing in incredible locations. This film is excellently produced, from shots in the water or land, and is simply beautiful to watch. If you're even on the border of deciding whether to watch this film- do it! It filled me with a sense of hope I can't quite describe and joy about the world I'd never felt before. This movie is the best thing you could spend an hour and twenty three minutes watching; in fact, you'll be wishing it was hours longer. Fading West is extraordinary.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
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This movie is seriously awesome. And not just for fans of the band. It evokes a lot of emotion. Often you will laugh, and possibly even shed a tear. It's a great look inside the struggles of being a band, touring 24/7, and living life on the road. It's also a fantastic look at some of the best surf spots on the planet, as surfing is a staple of Switchfoot's life. The ocean is where they go to "press the reset button", relieve stress and get amped for whatever lies ahead.

Visually, this movie is stunning. It's a treat for the eyes and ears. The band scores the film themselves and gives you sneek peaks throughout of their upcoming album (Jan. 14) also titled Fading West. So, whether you are a fan or not, this movie is worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2014
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Always a band with great music with an even better message, I now have a greater respect for them as men. The way they love their wives, their kids, and each other is a model this world desperately needs to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
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Old fans will love it because it shows a different perspective of the band that you really don't ever get to see unless you are a subscriber to their podcasts. But, the film captures more of their compassion for what they do and their love for their families, surfing and music. I've been a fan for over ten years so this film was a must see. If you never heard of the band, give them a shot. Truly listen to the words of their songs. They don't make music to make money. They make music because they believe in what they mean and I'm touched that Switchfoot and Jon Foreman continues to write these songs because so many people believe in them and inspires them. Fading West, has surfing. Lots of it! It's one of the bands greatest passion. It's was cool to watch them tackle the waves. One day this Texan will try it out. The band also travels to a few places such as South Africa, Bali, New Zealand. The shots are beautiful and everything is captured so nicely! The film is definitely worth the money and Switchfoot gives so much back into the habitat. I'd rather give my money to artists like Switchfoot that always take the blessings they have and share it for a good cause.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
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Switchfoot has helped me through so many things, and when I saw the title Fading West I thought, OH NO! They are quitting soon. But after the movie and how awesome I think the album is going to be I think I am ok with them having to retire for their families. ;) They really are amazing people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
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Ive loved this band since the inspiring lyrics and awesome music of Meant to Live resonated with me back in 2006. Since then their music really has meant so much to me. It energizes you to "thrive, not just survive" to borrow the lyrics from Thrive off of Vice Verses. This documentary took me into the lives of the guys whose work has inspired me as well as so many other fans. Thanks SF. Keep on rockin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
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Absolutely outstanding movie! Even if you just "like" switchfoot, you'll love this movie. It will make you laugh and cry and laugh some more! Definitely go buy it directly from them, as it's cheaper, and as another reviewer mentioned, DRM free. Enjoy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2013
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I saw this movie on their 3rd tour stop so I can say I was one of the first. Awesome movie, but buy this from the band directly! It is only $9.99 on their site, DRM free!
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