Cast: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Scott Speedman, Wendy Crewson, Jessica Lange
Director: Michael Sucsy
Synopsis: A newly wed couple recovers from a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again.
Review: Love, they say is a chemical reaction in the minds of two biologically attracted homo sapiens. So, what happens if the chemical reaction that worked initially backfires? Well, of course, it gives way to streams of saline water and a heart that goes Crash! Boom! Bang! Like in the case of Leo and Paige, a much in love married couple who has a mishap that causes Paige to lose selective memory. Her mind rewinds itself by 5 years taking her back to the time before she met her husband.
This story is inspired from a real-life event, but oddly enough, some parts in this story seem so disconnected that you would find yourself befuddled. The disconnect makes you wonder if this is a true story or a figment of someone’s imagination.
Channing Tatum has experimented with most genres since his debut film, “Coach Carter” (2005). His last film before “The Vow” was “Dear John”(another romantic drama) with Tatum in the lead role. The film was based on a novel by the same name and had received a good response. Although, his acting was at par with his previous performances, he fails to impress this time because of the broken storyline. Rachel McAdams known best for her role in “The Notebook” with ex-beau Ryan Gosling, once again plays a woman who has lost her memory. Besides, one may also get a feeling that she was disinterested in portraying the role of Paige. Her husband makes all attempts to help her revive her memory hoping she would remember their time together, in other words trying to make her fall in love with him again, a futile attempt.
A heartbreak and few bouts of tears later, enter girl’s estranged family with issues of their own and no attempts to resolve them. Each issue when shown in a story must be done justice with by addressing it aptly. Sigh! Sigh! All I did was to wait for the “moments” that could help it score a few brownie points. But they never came.
Verdict: Sit through the film and wait for a miracle to happen.