Waves is a story we see far too often in “well put-together” families. It reiterates that every family — no matter the type, class or size — goes through things. Even when faith is high.
The storyline and messages in Waves were real; both bold and subtle. Watching induces a wave of emotions, to say the least. It follows the day-in-the-life story of suburban African American family whose teen son and star athlete gets hurt and starts spiraling out of control. Leading up to the first climax in which he commits murder, viewers get to see how hard his father pushed him to be great in one point-of-view and to his breaking point in another point-of-view. This movie is special for having two climax parts. The bonus climax follows a second part to the movie that tells the story of how the boy’s sister, who seems to be holding up the strongest in the family, copes with her brother’s decisions.
The truth in the movie is sad, but refreshing as it sheds light on the weight children bare when family ties start breaking loose. On the outside, it may seem like this family has everything (money, house, love, faith, cars, popularity), but the movie also sheds light on the fact that successful families who attend church weekly are not exempt from trials. This family’s test altered many lives and keeps your mind wondering, “what if?”
Waves, which stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Sterling K. Brown, hits theaters everywhere December 6.
Peep the trailer below.