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December 5, 2016
A romantic drama based on a Nicholas Sparks novel. It's well acted, the situations are believable, and the leads have great chemistry. It is a great movie with only one downfall. It is utterly and distractingly predictable. From the first meeting of the leads to the fight they eventually have to the ex-husband's behavior, and on and on. I liked the characters enough to enjoy it, but I knew what was going to happen before it did. Might be time for Sparks to learn a couple new pitches...
October 29, 2016
Was a good weekend afternoon movie.
½ August 4, 2016
I thought it was cute and heartfelt, though a tad predictable.
½ June 1, 2016
Another unabashed weepy-creepy adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks bestseller, director Scott Hicks unashamedly attempts to manipulate his audience into believing there is merit in irritatingly shameless escapism.

His seventh tear-jerking chick-flick about the triumph of love over adversity, The Lucky One's production value is stymied by the inertia of the script, crucially miss-timed emotional peaks and troughs and a myriad of ridiculous but apparently commonplace coincidences.

After a gun fight whilst on his third tour of duty, US Marine Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) sits to take a five minute breather but moves when a photo buried in the rubble nearby catches his eye. Moments later a blast rips through the company and Logan awakes in a hospital days later still in possession of the photo. The picture - pretty young blonde asking the barer to 'stay safe' - becomes his protective talisman when a series of fatal situations fail to claim his life.

Upon returning to the states, Logan is unable to settle back into civilian life and takes to the internet to source the location of his guardian angel (a watch tower in the background providing a solid starting point). A fan of walking, Logan and his faithful German Sheppard Zeus decide to set out on foot to make the trek from Louisiana to a picturesque rural setting in Colorado in hopes of finding and explaining to the unknown lady just how many times she inexplicably saved his life.

By showing the picture around town, he quickly finds out she can be found at a dog grooming, training and shelter business known as the Green Kennels. Logan arrives and meets the run-down business owner Beth (Taylor Schilling). Unable to find the right words and seize the moment to explain his appearance, Beth guesses he is there in response to the help wanted ad she placed in the paper.

Weary of the quiet stranger, Beth implores her good natured business partner and grandmother nana (Blythe Danner), but seeing exactly what they need, Nana takes a shine to Logan offering him the job. Mr. Fix jumps to kick-starting derelict tractors, mending gutters and restoring dilapidated shacks and boats, they thing Logan cant mend is Beth's broken heart.

Still grieving over the lost of her missing-in-action brother known as Aces, and further repressed by her drunken cop ex-husband Keith (Jay R. Ferguson) and his constant intimidating threats to seize custody of their young son Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart), she lives on an emotional knifes edge.

But the longer Logan remains the stronger and more stable life seems to become for all and with a little of nana's urging, Beth walls against the world begins to come down. As a slow simmering relationship breathes life back into both of these lost souls, will the discovery of Logan's secret destroy their newfound stability?

The actors have performed to the best of their abilities with the limited material. The beefed up and stubble-clad Efron is believable as the strong silent type (however I think Channing Tatum may have been better suited), Ferguson's inferiority complex is impeccable, Schilling's emotional distress is palpable (even if it is woefully edited) and the overly qualified Danner has a wonderful grasp on the sneakiness of a loving grandmother.

The Verdict: Sadly, due to the complete lack of redeeming production efforts nothing could salvage this film, even if there was a rarely captured genuine sexual chemistry between its leads. Consider yourself lucky if this snarky review is the closest you get to this insufferable overblown piece of cinematic piffle.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 27/04/2012
April 12, 2016
I loved everything about this movie.
March 26, 2016
Zac Efron is good in this. One of my favorite Nicholas Spark's movies.
February 27, 2016
Typical American predictable movie. All the usual mix that makes this type of movie a Hollywood cliche, only problem is the used every Cliche possible.
January 27, 2016
Such a good movie!!!! Definitely recommend seeing this!!!
½ January 23, 2016
The Lucky One is an incredible film. It is about a Marine travels to Louisiana and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war. Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Scott Hicks did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama and romance. The Lucky One is a must see.
½ January 19, 2016
It's cliche and oddly acted. If you've seen one Nicolas Sparks movie you've seen em all. Pick a better date movie.
½ January 14, 2016
Average romantic drama adapted from Nicholas Sparks. The book may be better but the movie certainly could have been
December 31, 2015
Hey! once again Zac Efron proves himself he can act! Not like his ex-girlfriend who's kinda struggle having career in Hollywood, Zac proves himself with some middle quality but deep drama and now he start in comedy movie too.. Based on Nicholas Sparks novel, of course this will be a perfect movie for the woman audience and I can't see a lot of reason why woman wouldn't like this movie.. But as a general audience, I think the story could have made a little better.. They could have a better script since the cast did a really good job here.. And for chemistry, Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling gave a quite chemistry even wasn't as memorable as Ryan Gosling-Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook' or Channing Tatum-Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' so there's still a room for improvement.. But overall as a movie, 'The Lucky One' delivers a descent watch for general audience but might be one of a chick's favorite movie..
½ November 24, 2015
Chick flick! Predictable but loved it.
November 11, 2015
was ok my gf loved the book and the movie was ok
½ November 11, 2015
boooooring!!!! bad screenplay, bad acting, hated it
½ November 8, 2015
It takes a pretty good love story to get me interested, and this was good.
½ October 18, 2015
It's a 2-Star book (Nicholas Sparks) ... but the movie has to get 2.5 or 3 Stars just to be fair. It definitely is the best possible film given the treacle sweet material. As with the Notebook, where Ryan Gosling was given no range to play, but hit all his marks perfectly; so does Zach Efron here and earns leading man status in this and future romances.
October 16, 2015
kinda disappointed, still 3/5 for the soothing effects of a small town movie.
October 4, 2015
Well written play, and great actors. Amazing movie, teaches you lessons about life.
August 30, 2015
i really enjoyed it very much
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