The Vow

25 Jan

Paige (played by Rachel McAdams) and Leo (by Channing Tatum) are blissfully happy. Since they met four years ago they’ve loved every moment they’ve shared since. Once a conservative young woman in Law School, Paige has found her real passion in art, so she’s quit College much to the disappointment of her wealthy parents Rita (by Jessica Lange) and Bill (by Sam Neill). One evening, after a happy dinner out, Leo and Paige are in a car accident and Paige sustains a serious head injury. When she regains consciousness, Leo realises that Paige has lost all her recent memory, so everything she knows of her life with him and their happiness is now gone. She sees him as a total stranger. She bravely returns to their home and tries to reconnect with her previous life and her friends but it’s all just an alien world. She even watches the video of their wedding to try to spark a memory – it features their heart-felt and original vows to each other – but now that’s simply an image on the screen for her, it might as well be someone else. Paige and Leo must try to piece their loves back together, but how will Paige do this with a guy and a home she doesn’t even know?

This is is a nice, but fairly unremarkable movie – apart from the fact that it’s based on a true story. The performances are fairly pedestrian and predictable. Sam Neill isn’t in many movies these days, nor is Jessica Lange, so it’s good to see them here – although neither is stretched in their role. Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum are nice together and they balance well, but again their performances are nothing super special. Overall this is a nice, family, television movie. In real life, the couple involved in this, Kirk and Krickitt Carpenter, would have had a very difficult time finding their way though this tragedy and it is a story worth telling.

Made in 2012. Directed by Michael Sucsy

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Posted by on January 25, 2015 in Movies


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