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Inspired by a true story, The Vow is the tale of a love that refuses to be forgotten. Leo (Channing Tatum, Dear John ) is devastated when a car accident plunges his wife Paige (Rachel McAdams, The Notebook ) into a deep coma. She miraculously recovers – but the last five years of her memories have vanished. Suddenly, Leo finds himself married to a stranger who can’t remember anything about him. Naively, Paige falls back under the influence of her controlling parents (Sam Neill and Jessica Lange) and reconnects with her ex-fiancé (Scott Speedman). Desperately, Leo tries to recreate the moments that shaped their romance. Can he rekindle the passion before he loses Paige forever?
Can true love really conquer all? That is the question hovering over the genuinely touching, affecting drama The Vow. Based on a true story (which itself might have made a great documentary), The Vow is a showcase for the splendid acting talent of Rachel McAdams and a breakthrough role for Channing Tatum, under the deft direction of Michael Sucsy (the feature version of Grey Gardens). The story is deceptively simple: Happy young married couple Paige (McAdams) and Leo (Tatum) are, well, happy. Then a car accident puts Paige into a life-threatening coma, and upon awakening, she finds she has lost the previous five years of memories--including of being married to, or ever in love with, her beloved Leo. With lesser actors or with a more heavy-handed director, The Vow might have been predictable, melodramatic, or flat--and yet, the talents of the two stars, and the crisp, light-handed direction, make The Vow an enjoyable, deeply affecting love story. McAdams is as winning as always, reminiscent of her early work in The Notebook, and here, as a brunette, channeling a young Jennifer Garner. But it's Tatum on whose shoulders The Vow must succeed, and he is a revelation. His persona as a tough guy's guy is perfect here, as a "softer" actor would have led The Vow straight into Lifetime Movie Network territory. The viewer relates to Leo, including his obvious frustration, discomfort, and even moments of terror. Sam Neill and Jessica Lange (who glowed in Sucsy's Grey Gardens) make memorable supporting appearances. But it's McAdams and especially Tatum who make The Vow the believable, delicate, and loving journey it is. --A.T. Hurley
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THE VOW certainly has good intentions even though something is lost along the way. Rachel McAdams as Paige is lovely as always and Channing Tatum provides the beefcake. They both try but the chemistry between them is not so strong. It is interesting to follow Paige's journey into a life she does not remember and her looking at pictures and videos that must seem totally alien. The story could have delved deeper into this journey.
Sam Neill and Jessica Lange are in the supporting roles of Paige's parents. It was sad to see how time has not been good to the lovely Jessica Lange who looks so much older than her "husband" Sam Neill. Paige returns to her parents' home since there is no memory of why she left and broke all contact with them and including her sister. She even broke contact with her sister apparently for no reason. When we learn the reason for the rift, it is anti-climatic. Is that all? That is the reason she left her family and broke all contact? It seems like the author could have found a more compelling reason.
At the end there is a brief reference to the couple who inspired this story. I was hoping there would be a bonus feature in the extras to tell more about this couple.
THE VOW is an OK movie. I was hoping for much more but it wasn't a total disappointment. A good film if you need a bit of light entertainment.
To start Paige and Leo (five years into their marriage) come out of a theater in wintery Chicago and Leo makes a comment about the snow being more than an inch yet Paige says its beautiful then they get to their car and well the rest but how that accident happened was a salt truck with no plow on the front plows into their car, Leo with the seat belt on is okay (minor bumps and such.) yet Paige on the other hand is sent flying through the windshield and lands on the hood of the car. After Paige wakes up in the hospital; she has no memory whatsoever of the last five years she had; as in leaving law school, breaking up with her ex-fiance Jeremy, also finding out about her father's affair with a friend of hers as well. None of that is in her memory even about being married to Leo and attending the Art institute of Chicago along with living with him in downtown Chicago on the north side no less. Both Leo and Paige try to recollect as much as they can of her memories (pictures and other things.) throughout this movie but its when Leo realizes at Paige's sister Gwen's wedding that he cannot do it anymore; that he just gives up as in throwing in the towel because her memory of being with him and everything is completely gone never gonna come back yet later on in the movie Paige makes some startling discoveries about her father's affair with Paige's friend, how her mother didn't want to leave him along with that Paige confesses to her dad (played by the greatest actor: Sam Neil.) about wanting to leave law school and attend the Art Institute of Chicago and get an apartment in downtown Chicago as well. She also again breaks up with (now boyfriend not fiance.) Jeremy as well. I gotta say this movie will have you on your seat from the start to the very end and they've also got deleted scenes plus a majorly funny gag reel in which I must admit is hilarious!! This movie is a must see for anyone who is a couple and romantic!!