CAST & CREW
PLOT: Julianne Hough escapes from her abusive husband, David Lyons, and travels to North Carolina. She takes the job as a waitress, and befriends Cobie Smulders and Josh Duhamel, who is a widower survived by his two kids. Hough gets into a relationship with Duhamel. Meanwhile, Lyons tracks her, and tries to seek revenge. Hough kills him when she is trying to defend herself. Later, it is revealed that, Smulders was none other than Duhamel's late wife's soul.
ANALYSIS: This is a romantic movie, adapted from the novel by Nicholas Sparks, and directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Through all the world of Sparks, one can understand that one of his characters will die, and a character will suffer from an illness, which will make us cry. In this movie, it is none other than the Dulham's wife, who dies due to illness. Logic faced a bad hit in this movie. Duhamel's daughter, his first kid, easily gets well with Hough. Whereas his son, the second kid, is not able to digest the fact that his dad Is getting committed to some other lady. The gauzy romance between the lead duo creates a yawn among the audience.
STAR PERFORMANCES: Hough's real attractions, such as her physique and attitude, are suppressed to some extent. Duhamel's backstory is having a good worth. He has a good potential, and is capable of performing a lead role. Smulders, as Hough's neighbor, is under utilized. Duhamel and Hough shares a natural chemistry between them.
WHAT'S THERE? Cinematographer Terry Stacey, and the production manager, Kara Lindstrom's work deserve a mention. The seaside locations and the long shots are vibrant.
WHAT'S NOT THERE? Since this movie is a pure drama, no special incidents can be expected. It has all the sentimentality, and the emotional moments, situations of domestic abuse, and the dying mother, etc.
VERDICT: A movie with an easily predictable script.
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