Synopsis: Based on an acclaimed novel, Charlie St. Cloud is a romantic drama starring Zac Efron as a young man who survives an accident that lets him see the world in a
unique way. In this emotionally charged story, he begins a romantic journey in which he embraces the dark realities of the past while discovering the transformative power of love.
Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud (Efron) has the adoration of mother Claire (Oscar® winner Kim Basinger) and little brother Sam (newcomer Charlie Tahan), as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it.
After his high-school classmate Tess (Amanda Crew) returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own.
Here’s the trailer:
Thanks to Omy.sg (Janet), I got a chance to watch a preview of Charlie St. Cloud on wednesday (29 September) at Iluma with my Mum!
To be perfectly honest, I only wanted to watch this movie because of Zac Efron.
However, after watching it, I found the storyline quite interesting because it dealt with supernatural aspects (I love Ghost Whisperer by the way) and yet teaches some values.
I discussed a bit of the storyline with my classmates before I watched the movie, and asked them this question: If you were Charlie, would you choose Tess or Sam (brother)?
And the most interesting thing that Jacinta asked was, “Is this a Korean movie?” And then she told me that in Korea, they emphasize a lot on family relationships and the ending would have made Charlie choose his brother instead of Tess.
Joanne mentioned that if it were her, she would definitely choose Tess, as Tess is still alive (or there is a chance that she is) whereas Sam had already died. Holding on to Sam’s ghost would make it worst in time to come.
I agree with Joanne’s point of view. In life, there would definitely be death and we would have to move on some day. I’m not saying that we should let go of our memories of the close one who had died, but it is one thing to – like Charlie in the movie – sort of die with the person but another to remember that person but move on after grieving enough – like at the end of the movie. 🙂
As always, Zac Efron shines throughout this whole movie. There were a few scenes where it was just him only and you will really want to cry with him. The girl who plays Tess, Amanda Crew, is also convincing as a sailor and the chemistry between her and Zac Efron is pretty good.
There was also a scene in the movie where almost the whole cinema was like squealing. Haha You’ll have to watch it to know which scene 😉
I won’t tell you what happens in the end, but the movie is a definite MUST WATCH.
I rate it 4/5 stars.