S.I.M Rating: 7.8 out of 10 (4 Votes)
Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Travis Potter, Jenny Useldinger
Isolated began as a surfing documentary but eventually evolved into a powerful political statement. The filmmakers were so affected by the dangers and despicable human conditions they encountered in attempting to make the movie that it became a "cause celebre" for the inhabitants of West Papua, New Guinea.
While surfing is viewed as an activity in the majority of the world, in some areas it's much more than that. In West Papua, for example, surfing is one of the primary modes of transportation between islands. West Papua is also legendary among serious surfers as having some of the most magnificent waves in the world. Surfers who travel to off-the-beaten-track locales in search of these colossal waves were the original inspiration for Isolated. Director Justin LePera likened these surf addicts to modern-day explorers, willing to travel anywhere and endure unimaginable obstacles in search of the "perfect wave."
Isolated has plenty of edge-of-the-seat surfing scenes, and the largely undeveloped beauty of the primitive coastlines is unforgettable. But that's where Isolated and the majority of "surf movies" part ways. Viewers will come for the surfing but will exit remembering the indescribable human conditions and government corruption and apathy on the screen.