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Movie review: 'Waiting for Lightning' for skateboard fans only

Published December 7, 2012 8:31 am

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The documentary "Waiting for Lightning" is equal parts action-sports highlight reel, touching personal story and infomercial for DC Shoe Co.

It focuses on Danny Way, the pro skateboarder who in 2006 jumped over the Great Wall of China on a skateboard. The film follows the preparation for this big stunt, as Way's crew and Chinese contractors set up the massive ramp, while also interweaving Way's backstory — which includes family problems and his discovery of several father figures who guided him as he pursued his skateboarding dreams from an early age.

Director Jacob Rosenberg interviews Way and many of his friends, relations and peers, but he never digs too deeply or draws out of them much more than the clichéd "this is what he was born to do" talking points. If you're a fan of the sport, though, you'll enjoy the footage of Way in action.

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'Waiting for Lightning'

Opens Friday, Dec. 7, at the Tower Theatre; PG-13 for dangerous sports action, some language and thematic material involving drugs and alcohol; 96 minutes.