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VOW, THE

Director: Michael Sucsy
Writers: Jason Katims, Stuart Sender and Marc Silverstein
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange, Sam Neill and Scott Speedman
Studio: Screen Gems

 
Paige and Leo are a madly in love married couple that suffer a horrible car crash. Both of their lovely faces are left unharmed, but Paige has lost her memories of the last five years. Looks like it’s up to Leo to win her back and prove love can happen a second time. But poor Leo has to put up with Paige’s obnoxious parents who are both happy about her memory loss, and with Paige who seems perfectly content in having forgotten a chunk of her life, and who is now in her mind anyways, back with her boyfriend she had five years ago.

It’s difficult to take this kind of film at face value. By basing a story on true events, the producers are hoping that you will not look too far into the plausibility of the situation. When you compare the movie with the true events, however, the differences are immense. Namely, the movie makes the crash result in one problem: the loss of several years of memories. In reality, the woman what badly hurt and also suffered from severe short term memory loss. The possibility of losing several years of memories and not haven’t any other physical side-effects is almost entirely impossible.

However, Paige’s past confessions to Leo may allow us to determine cause. Paige eventually uncovers the toxic family secret from the past that poisons the present. Sam Neill is a little too transparent and unsympathetic as Paige’s protective Father. Surprisingly, Jessica Lange lacks the emotional gravitas as her Mother for requisite catharsis. Here McAdams is poignant as the young woman rediscovering her power to recreate herself by forgiving and releasing the hold of the past. It takes some patience, but Director Sucsy gently resolves the world. The power of love is in freedom, not possession.

Perhaps the brain damage also made Paige a dumb, shallow, and uncaring teenager,. Is this how she was shortly before she met Leo? If so, why did he fall for her? It’s Paige’s lack of any real ambition or care, that makes this chick flick less emotional, and even those going in expecting to cry might be surprised to find that the emotion isn’t real enough to allow any shed tears.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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