Charlie St. Cloud [Blu-ray]
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Zac Efron stars as Charlie St. Cloud, a small-town hero and an accomplished sailor who has it all: the adoration of his mother and younger brother, and a Stanford scholarship. His bright future is cut short when tragedy strikes, taking his dreams with it. Now Charlie is torn between honoring a promise he made years ago and pursuing his newfound love with a former high-school classmate. Based on the acclaimed bestseller, comes a story of hope, second chances and the transformative power of love, also starring Ray Liotta and Academy Award® winner Kim Basinger.
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Charlie St. Cloud, a rowdy high school senior, who spends his spare time competing in boat races and playing catch with his little brother, Sam. The two are inseparable despite their near 10-year age difference, and as a viewer it's hard to not become attached or nostalgic. One night when Charlie is supposed to be watching his little brother, but wants to hang out with friends instead, he decides to drop Sam off at the park to play catch when the two boys get into an accident- resulting in Sam dying. Charlie becomes depressed, mourning the loss of his little brother, ignoring the miracle that occurred in the ambulance when he was brought back to life. After losing it at the funeral, and running into a wooded area to mourn, Charlie remembers the promise he made to Sam that he would play catch with him every day to help him make the team before he headed off to college, and tosses the ball away. To his shock, the ball rolls back at his feet, and out comes Sam. Charlie realizes he has a gift, and can see those who have passed away and haven't yet crossed over into heaven. Every day for years Charlie meets Sam in the same spot, playing catch and talking about life and in order to keep Sam "alive" Charlie gives up on his college career and picks up a job at the cemetery as a groundskeeper. Of course this movie wouldn't be complete without a love aspect, and naturally the movie becomes intense as Charlie has to deicide between keeping Sam alive, or saving the life of the girl he loves.
This movie is perfect for the family, for a girl's night, or a night alone with some wine and a warm blanket. 10/10!
Sometimes you have to steer clear of the crowd, and with Charlie St. Cloud (2010), that's what I have to do. While both moviegoers and film critics generally panned this movie, I think they missed the mark on this one. While it may not be edgy or completely original, both its star Zac Efron and the film try to go places that so few movies dare to. To some degree, Charlie St. Cloud is like Field of Dreams (1989). You have to buy into it's nearly ludicrous concept of the story being told in both the real world and in another world, namely purgatory or some other realm where the spirits of dead people come to life. I'm not really giving anything away because the concept is right there in the trailer and early on in the movie.
Director Burr Steers had a challenging job bringing this story to the screen, but I think he assembled a good cast and a good team to execute his vision. It's been awhile since we've since Kim Basinger on screen in anything significant. Her role as Charlie's mother is slight, but I enjoyed what little we got of her. Augustus Prew plays a fun sidekick character, and I liked Charlie Tahan as the younger St. Cloud brother, Sam. Rounding out the supporting cast is Donal Logue and Ray Liotta, two under utilized actors. I'm not really a fan of Amanda Crew as Charlie's love interest, Tess, but she does what she needs to.
Yes, the movie is a bit of a soap opera at times. And yes, it's predictable at times. And yes, Efron over acts at times. But somehow I was able to get past all of that and connect with the heart of the story and its characters and the message they deliver. The cinematography is stunning, the production design beautiful, and overall, this is a story and world I liked visiting. You might just like it too if you give it a chance.