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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Zac Efron
Taylor Schilling
Blythe Danner.
Directors
Scott Hicks.
Screenwriters
Will Fetters.
Running Time
101 minutes

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The Lucky One
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Plot
US Marine Logan (Efron) puts his survival through three tours in Iraq down to his lucky charm, a photo of a smiling woman he's never met. When he gets back to North Carolina he resolves to track down the mysterious lady.


Review
The Lucky One
Author Nicholas Sparks' weepie formula is becoming overly familiar. Here is another handsome, taciturn loner (Zac Efron), another melancholy Southern belle in distress (Taylor Schilling), another maudlin melodrama with a third-act death. This instalment in Sparks’ one-man genre shares its DNA with Dear John, with Efron as another unlikely warrior-poet. But this one at times wanders into unintentional comedy. Efron is a decent actor but reins it in to the point of nothing, and while Schilling is fine, it’s left to Blythe Danner as her feisty grandmother to bring any life to affairs. It looks gorgeous; Shine director Scott Hicks shoots America like it’s Eden, Efron walking from Colorado to North Carolina with nary a highway or mall in sight. But pretty pictures can’t distract from its faded clichés and lack of, ahem, spark.


Verdict
The Notebook may have had us blubbing but since then Nicholas Sparks adaptions have offered thin pickings for cinemagoers. For all Efron's boyish charms, this one could be the most ordinary of the lot.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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Off the Nicholas Sparks production line of bland, contrived romances comes this inert entry where a soldier in Iraq is saved from death by a picture of a pretty girl so decides to track her down when he gets back to the USA. Needless to say, the two fall in love despite this Big Secret. While the pictures are pretty, the plot is painful, the dialogue mundane and Efron looks thoroughly bored by the whole proceedings. As well he might. ... More

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Posted by RJNeb2 at 11:47, 16 August 2014 | Report This Post


Pretty bad

I only saw this to celebrate my secret love of Zac Efron (hey, everyone's allowed a guilty pleasure) because normally i have a much more high brow taste in films, and I think the only thing worse than the horribly, cringeworthy, predictable plot was the shocking performance by Taylor Schilling (yeah i dont know who she is either) It's fairly acceptable if a) you've just been dumped and you want to cry about the fact that there are no men like the men in nicolas sparks books, or b) you have a b... More

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Posted by Swedle at 14:57, 10 May 2012 | Report This Post


I find the idea of a film that glorifies killers like this one does to be extremely offensive. It should never have been made. ... More

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