Directed by Scott Hicks, staring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner. Zac Efron plays a Marine who has now left the army and travels to Louisiana due to finding a picture of a woman while out fighting, since obtaining he manages to survive numerous attacks and therefore decides to track this woman down and thank her for her help.
The plot is full of errors and plot holes, the rest of it is filled to the brim with clichés and cheesy script and scenes. Which is a shame because the cast of Taylor Schilling and Zac Efron are good actors just leaving them with nothing to work with.
This is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks who wrote the infamous Notebook. Though I’m not a fan of The Notebook despite is very good cast, the Notebook at least had substance and plot. Those who are fans of that film and are setting out to buy this , You will be very disappointed to say the least.
One of the main issues I had with this is the character of the Ex husband, policeman who takes the laws into his own hands. He goes from showing Efron onto a table and searching him for no reason other than fulfilling his idiotic character cliché, to pulling a gun on him and his dog when he is driving past drunk and angry.
I won’t reveal any spoilers though you can probably guess how it ends, if not comment and I will reveal all. The whole film is not strong and falls apart in the last 30 minutes. While the rest of the film’s reactions and old plot lines with make you wish it were over sooner.
Yes Efron has changed for this role, haircut, tattoos (fake) and bulked up for it, he is convincing as a Marine and overall I don’t have a lot of problems with this character expect for one teary scene where I needed to reach for my bin. However it does just feel like some fairy tale nonsense which he surely needs to stay away from for fear of being type cast.
Not a lot in this film makes any sense, from asking for people to work for them on the ranch, to deciding they don’t want strangers working. Good luck running that business. To the Ex husband constantly threatening to take the son away. With so many clichéd, cheesy scenes you will strive for something intellectual afterwards.
OVERALL * one simply to some up the actors and because I have to give it something with a few half decent scenes. Would I recommend this ? unless your feeling really really soppy then no. just no.