Movie Title : The Lucky One
Directed by : Scott Hicks
Produced by : Denise Di Novi and Kevin McCormick
Based on : The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Distributed by : Warner Bros. Pictures
My Rating : 3.5 of 5
The Lucky One is a romantic drama film about a U.S. Marine, Logan (Zac Efron), who finds a picture of a young woman with the message "Keep Safe X" written on the back in war area. He can’t find the owner, so he decides to keep it. He survives a lot of things since then, in fact, becomes the only survivor from his team. Logan then returns to live with his sister and her family. Suffering from survivor guilt, he finds it difficult to adjust to life back home. He finally decides to depart, and also search for the woman in the picture to thank her for her unknown role in helping to bring him through.
Logan looks for clues, and they lead him to Beth Green (Taylor Schilling), and when he has difficulty explaining why he is there, Beth assumes he wants to apply for a job, so Logan ends up working there and lives nearby. At first, Beth is irritated by Logan's presence, but begins to warm to him as he proves to be more solid than she had at first supposed. They get along as time goes by, making Beth's former husband, Sheriff Deputy Keith Clayton (Jay R. Ferguson), suspicious and jealous. Keith finally reveals the true reason of Logan being there. Apparently, the picture was Beth’s brother’s, and it angers Beth. Things get even worse when Keith pleads to get back together with Beth. Beth gently but firmly tells him it cannot be, angering Keith, who threatens to take their son away. Hearing this, the boy runs out into the storm, and things go South from there. But eventually, Logan and Beth reconcile after Logan recognizes Beth’s brother and tells her that he didn’t die for nothing.
It’s not the best Nicholas Sparks’ movie, if I may say. I didn’t cry – yeah, that’s one of my criterions of a good romance movie. I didn’t really feel the chemistry of the characters, so I wasn’t touched, and yet, no tears. The plot and idea are pretty brilliant, but I don’t know, it didn’t give so much effects.