Customer Reviews

298
4.4 out of 5 stars
Charlie St. Cloud [Blu-ray]
Format: Blu-rayChange
Price:$8.24 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2010
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
What a great movie, a little predictable, but not too much. It had a happy ending, and in this case predictability was a good thing, I was hoping it would end the way it did. Charlie St cloud is a kid who seemed to have it all going for him. He loved sailing and practised it religiously. He got so good at it that he recieved a scholarship to Stanford University. But when a car accident takes his little brothers life, Charlie's guilt and loss cripples him mentally. He now has the ability to communicate with dead, specifically is little brother who he meets everyday before sundown to play catch. This movie is a tear jerker, the love between the brothers was too much to bear. I guess it helps that Zac Efron is just so damn gorgeous you simple can't not love him. Great movie, Fabulous performance by Zac Efron as Charlie St Cloud, this is the beginning for Zac, I hope he stays away from silly movie roles and moves forward and up with dramatic parts, he is VERY good at it.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Having gone to see this movie last night, I went home and ordered the book, and signed up to be notified when the movie becomes available on Amazon. Going in to see the movie, I had looked up the details on the plot. It looked like a good movie. I was not disappointed. The main characters were great, Charlie, his brother Sam, the woman who comes into his life, all were great. After Sam dies, Charlie stops going forward with his life. He can see Sam in spirit, and spends every afternoon playing ball with him. After 5 years, a woman comes into his life and shakes up his world. He is torn between hanging onto the past,time with Sam, and getting into a relationship with her. There is a boat accident, and much more. Towards the end of the movie, it can tug on the heartstrings. The ending is great. If someone is hanging onto the past that need to be let go, this would be a movie to help it happen.
Well worth going to see, and buy for the home collection.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2010
Format: DVD
Overview: Charlie and his younger brother, Sam, are enjoying the last few weeks of summer before Charlie goes to college on a sailing scholarship. Tragedy strikes and Sam's life is lost while a tormented Charlie's life is saved. Instead of going on with life, he lives alone in the woods and starts working at the cemetery. Why does he stay behind? Because he can see his dead brother and promises to meet him every day to practice baseball. Thus begins the story of Charlie St. Cloud, a young man who "stops living" because he can see dead people and does not want to let go of the memory of his brother.
Good Content: Charlie's dedication to Sam (alive and dead) is a good example of being a good brother. Even when Sam has died, Charlie keeps his promise to Sam. Later in the film Charlie turns out to be a rational young man as he makes a choice between "himself" and another person's life.
Spiritual Content: The fact that Charlie can see dead people is not necessarily creepy. It's more of a psychological thriller than anything. Charlie and Sam have a conversation about what would happen to Sam if Charlie broke his promise and stopped visiting him. Sam is concerned he will "cease to exist". Charlie's life was "saved" by a paramedic who is a strong Catholic. Later in life the two meet and the paramedic asks Charlie why he was "given a second chance to live" and if he will use this second chance for a good purpose. The paramedic believes saving Charlie was a heaven-sent act. He wears a pendant of St. Jude around his neck.
Sexual Content: Charlie and his girlfriend Tess spend a night together in the cemetery. Nothing is seen because the camera cuts out right before anything happens but cuts back in afterwards. Same tells a few crude jokes (I only got one of them because another audience member was laughing as if it was a dirty joke).
Violent Content: We see some aspects of the car crash that Charlie and Sam are in. We see them while they are in the ambulance-Charlie's face is somewhat bloody. Charlie gets in a fist fight with another young man.
Profanity: a total of about seven or eight profane words ranging from h-- to s--
Conclusion: Unnecessary elements (such as the cemetery scene, some language) make this a PG-13 film. While the idea of the plot seems "iffy"-a young man spending time with his dead brother-it doesn't really touch on anything spiritual in terms of life and death. Rather, it is more of a psychological, "think about it" film. Borderline tragedy, chic-flick, drama, this film is recommended for mature audiences who are not opposed to somewhat "unrealistic" stories.
33 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2011
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I was surfing channels and caught the beginning of Charlie St. Cloud on HBO. stopped to watch a few minutes and didn't move for the entire movie. Never followed Zac's career before (I'm a little older than he is ;D ) but I found myself absolutely n love with him, the character of his little brother and the entire cast (huge fan of James Franco so u can imagine how shocked I was when I fell for the character Lt. Sully, actor brother of James, Lord have mercy...haha). I found the movie addicting. I can't pass the channel if the movie is on now! no matter if the the movie is starting, in the middle or near the ending...gotta watch. AND YES, I have ordered the movie and it's on the way. I would recommend this movie before all others to all my fellow movie lovers. The story line is mesmerizing. I loss my sister several years ago and although we are much older than the characters in this movie, I still find myself wishing that the ending to her life and life as I knew it with her in it could have had an ending like Charlie and Sam's (meet at sunset cannons, come hell or high water,I promise!!)...if only for a while. RECOMMEND THE MOVIE 100%!!!! LOVED IT...LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT...I ACTUALLY THINK IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OSCAR WORTHLY BACK DURING IT'S TIME OF RELEASE. LOVE IT!!!!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2011
Format: DVD
Zac Efron has solidified himself as a leading man in Hollywood with his masterful portrayal of Charlie St. Cloud. Without giving too much of the plot away, Efron absolutely shined throughout the film. You felt every single bit of his angst, heartache, emptiness, and sadness.

I never read the book, but I'd imagine this movie more than did it justice. What a beautiful, heart warming film. I can't say enough good things about it.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-ray
I watched this movie last night and really enjoyed it. I had it on my hard drive for awhile but since I really like action and adventure, I thought it might be slow and not interesting for me. Not so at all. It was excellent!

It starts off with Charlie and his younger brother Sam sailing (nice shots too) and hanging out before he is to go to Stanford on a sailing scholarship. It's obvious that they are very close and enjoy each other's company. But one night, their car gets hit while Charlie is driving and Sam dies. While clinically dead, Charlie makes a promise to Sam in the visions he has that he will meet Sam every day for baseball before sunset.

Then the movie skips five years ahead. Devasted and tormented by guilt, Charlie has taken a job as caretaker in the cemetery that Sam is buried in instead of going away to college and moving on with his life so he can keep his promise to Sam. Every day at sunset, Charlie meets Sam, who is caught in limbo between 'here' and the afterlife. It doesn't really explain what Sam does all day long and where he is, but it does make it clear that Sam doesn't want to 'move on' because he will miss Charlie and that he is afraid if Charlie doesn't meet him each day, he will disappear.

Then Charlie meets a girl, Tess, who also has a passion for sailing. Charlie struggles with moving on with his life versus keeping his promise to Sam. Then she disappears while boating and Charlie is forced to make a decision.

I really enjoyed the film and didn't realize Charlie was Zac Efron (who my son hates). His acting was excellent. The cinematography was great. This is a movie for all ages, nothing profane or sexual in nature in the movie, which is rare to find. But don't expect to see lots of Ray Liotta and Kim Basinger because each appear only briefly, especially Kim.

Thumbs up and four stars (I reserve five for my very very favorites).
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Ben Sherwood's Novel THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHARLIE ST. CLOUD pretty much describes this Hallmarky love and spiritualism showcase for teen idol Zac Efron. Craig Pearce and Lewis Colick adapted the book for the screen and director Burr Sherwood (known for his other films that are of this genre) stirs the whipped cream. It is a pretty story with pretty people filmed in a pretty location (British Columbia) and the results are pretty predictable, yet when compared to the types of stories on film that flood the theaters at least this film has gentle heart and a lack of terror and horror and for that we should be pleased.

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron, who holds in own in this rather implausible role) is a highly regarded young sailor who is wins a sailing scholarship to Stanford upon graduation from high school. He is devoted to his younger brother Sam (Charlie Tahan) and his single mother nurse Claire (Kim Basinger - don't blink or you'll miss her very brief appearance in the film). One night while Claire is on extra shift at the hospital Charlie and Sam are in an auto accident: Sam dies, but Charlie is resuscitated by paramedic Florio Ferrente (Ray Liotta, in another very brief cameo). Charlie is devastated over Sam's death and gives up his chances for a life by taking a custodian job in the town cemetery so he can be near a certain spot where he 'sees' and communicates with Sam every sunset - a life long promise to never leave his little brother. Five years pass and Charlie's friend Alistair (Augustus Prew) - his only other friend Sully (Dave Franco, brother of actor James Franco) has gone into the military - tries to encourage Charlie to date, but Charlie's eyes fall on Tess (Amanda Crew), a fellow sailor from the past, and love begins. Tess decides to take a long solo voyage in her boat and disappears. Charlie meets the now cancer-ridden and dying Florio who gives him his St Jude medal and encourages Charlie to embrace life. Charlie strikes out on a mission to find the missing Tess and the rest is pretty obvious.

Though the story is heavy on the saccharine edge and strains credibility, the team of actors is very fine - especially Zac Efron, whose presence is on the screen in practically every frame - so the film ends up being endearing. The cinematography by Enrique Chediak is gorgeous and the musical score by Rolfe Kent leans heavily on sad love songs. It is not a profound film though it does dip gently into the ideas of 'the beyond', but there is something about the honesty of it all that makes it s a satisfying evening of entertainment. Grady Harp, November 10
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
If you don't like movies that tap into your emotions don't watch this. But otherwise you'll love this movie. It's got great performances by all the cast. This movie actually caused me to forgive Zac Efron for being that guy from High School Musical. He gave a very mature and convincing performance as Charlie. The kid who played his brother, Charlie Tahan, gave an equally effective and brilliant performance as Sam St. Cloud. Hope to see Tahan in more things soon. The story is very well done and the direction is strange and heart crushing.
I give this a 10 out of 10.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
I watched this movie last night and really enjoyed it. I had it on my hard drive to watch for awhile but since I really like action and adventure, I thought it might be slow and not interesting for me. Not so at all. It was excellent!

It starts off with Charlie and his younger brother Sam sailing (nice shots too) and hanging out before he is to go to Stanford on a sailing scholarship. It's obvious that they are very close and enjoy each other's company. But one night, their car gets hit while Charlie is driving and Sam dies. While clinically dead, Charlie makes a promise to Sam in the visions he has that he will meet Sam every day for baseball before sunset.

Then the movie skips five years ahead. Devasted and tormented by guilt, Charlie has taken a job as caretaker in the cemetery that Sam is buried in instead of going away to college and moving on with his life so he can keep his promise to Sam. Every day at sunset, Charlie meets Sam, who is caught in limbo between 'here' and the afterlife. It doesn't really explain what Sam does all day long and where he is, but it does make it clear that Sam doesn't want to 'move on' because he will miss Charlie and that he is afraid if Charlie doesn't meet him each day, he will disappear.

Then Charlie meets a girl, Tess, who also has a passion for sailing. Charlie struggles with moving on with his life versus keeping his promise to Sam. Then she disappears while boating and Charlie is forced to make a decision.

I really enjoyed the film and didn't realize Charlie was Zac Efron (who my son hates). His acting was excellent. The cinematography was great. This is a movie for all ages, nothing profane or sexual in nature in the movie, which is rare to find. But don't expect to see lots of Ray Liotta and Kim Basinger because each appear only briefly, especially Kim.

Thumbs up and four stars (I reserve five for my very very favorites)
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2011
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Underated movie about a man and his sunken dreams when his younger brother dies in a car crash. Nuanced understated performance from the usually happy go lucky lead supported with a tight script and cast. Zac Efron is a real revelation as a serious and considered actor, and Augustus Prew is perfectly cast as a "kinda" alter ego to Charlie. Subtle moments of direction and photography from Burr Steers. Cool songs throughout underscore feeling in the viewer from the likes of Electric Owls, Ramones, Andrew Bird and Pink Mountaintops supported by a superb melodic score from Rolfe Kent. A magical, MAGICAL, allegory comparing the sailing setting against Charlie's home setting as a metaphor for life, dreams and the choices we must ultimately make. Bought the US release of the DVD weeks ago - gets even better with more viewings and Bluray on order for its imminent release in the UK next week - my best of 2010! Seriously...buy it!!!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this also viewed
The Last Song (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Last Song (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) by Miley Cyrus (Blu-ray - 2010)
$9.23

The Lucky One  [Blu-ray]
The Lucky One [Blu-ray] by Zac Efron (Blu-ray - 2012)
$8.96

Safe Haven (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)
Safe Haven (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) by Julianne Hough (Blu-ray - 2013)
$16.96
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Your Recently Viewed Items and Featured Recommendations 
 

After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in.