The Lucky One

Release Date 01 May 2012 TBA

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Genre: Drama

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Taylor Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Zac Efron | Blythe Danner | Taylor Schilling | Jay R. Ferguson | Riley Thomas Stewart | Joe Chrest | Adam Lefevre | Courtney J. Clark | Sharon Morris | Jillian Batherson

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Scott Hicks

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THE LUCKY ONE (USA/12A/99mins)

Directed by Scott Hicks. Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jay R. Ferguson, Adam LeFevre.

THE PLOT: Efron plays U.S. Marine Lorgan Thibault, returning to Colorado after his third tour of duty in Iraq, and clinging to the one thing that kept him going all this time – a found photograph of a woman he’s never met, and who he believes has been his good luck charm. And so he vows to track the woman down, and is soon at the Louisiana door of Beth (Schilling), happy to take a job at her family’s kennel business in the hope of getting to know his dream girl. Naturally, Logan doesn’t tell Beth all about the photograph, and how it has saved his life. Because, you know, she would run a mile.

THE VERDICT: Based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks – the man who brought us Dear JohnThe Last Song and The Notebook – The Lucky One sees Efron still hoping to make that leap from tween idol to romantic lead. It didn’t quite work for him with last year’s saccharine Charlie St. Cloud, and it ain’t working here either. The bright Sparks, it would seem, only has one good story in him, and he delivered it with The Notebook. The Lucky One is closer in tone and banality to Dear John, and, as such, will only be enjoyed by dumb girls and their obedient boyfriends. RATING: 2/5

Review by Paul Byrne 

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    The Lucky One is the latest Hollywood adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book. While The Notebook and Dear John had their own moments of powerful emotion, The Lucky One is weak and diluted in comparison. A rather simple and straightforward story, it follows the journey of a US marine (Zac Efron) whose life is saved when he's distracted by a photo in the rubble of (presumably) war-torn Iraq. He tracks down the woman in the photo and after some initial hesitation, they gradually fall for each other (of course). Meanwhile, an interfering ex who doesn't respect boundaries threatens to break up this idyllic romance... Efron is a likeable lead, but the film really belongs to newcomer Taylor Schilling. She's an interesting actress and if she can find more meaty material to work with, then she should have a good film career. There is some chemistry between her and Efron, but any heat in the love scenes is dissipated by the need to pander to a lower rating. The ending neatly ties up loose ends, but doesn't leave any lasting impact. The Lucky One is watchable, but it's a clear case of a film that never really digs deep into your heart. It mostly scratches the surface instead, something that no genuine love story should do.