The Vow Review

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Inspired by a true story, the film traces Paige's (McAdams) struggle to recollect her life with her husband (Tatum) after she loses her memory in a car accident. Tatum then puts all his efforts to winning back the love of his life.


Amnesia, the most cinematic form of brain damage, is once again the focus as a young wife (Rachel McAdams) loses all memory of her husband (Channing Tatum) following a car accident in this romantic weepie. It’s a premise so melodramatic it screams true story, but thankfully this is intelligently written and sensitively played. McAdams is excellent as a woman struggling to recognise anything of herself in her marriage; Tatum surprisingly heartbreaking as the decent guy dealing with the loss of his true love. There are a few wobbles into predictability — inadvertent nudity, a troublesome ex — but by underplaying the drama and largely avoiding the obvious, this proves surprisingly emotional.

The few weaknesses in the plot can be overlooked as The Vow makes for a wonderful - if a bit teary - romance that is brilliantly acted.