ⓘ The Lucky One (film)

                                     

ⓘ The Lucky One (film)

The Lucky One is a 2012 American romantic drama film directed by Scott Hicks and released in April 2012. It is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ 2008 novel of the same name.

The film stars Zac Efron as Logan Thibault, a US Marine who finds a photograph of a young woman while serving in Iraq, carries it around as a good luck charm, and later tracks down the woman, with whom he begins a relationship

The movie received negative reviews but grossed over 99.4 million.

                                     

1. Plot

Logan Thibault Zac Efron, a US Marine serving in Iraq, witnesses a Marine called "Aces" die attempting to aid one of his men during an ambush. The following morning, he finds a picture of a young woman on the ground just before a mortar attack destroys where he had been sitting, killing many around him. Unsuccessful at finding the photos owner, Logan keeps it. Logans squad-mate declares the woman in the picture as Logans "guardian angel," just before an explosion destroys their Humvee.

Logan returns to Colorado to live with his sisters family, who have been looking after his dog, Zeus. Suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD and survivor guilt, he decides it is best to leave, and departs to search for the woman in the photo. Logan and Zeus walk to Louisiana, where a lighthouse in the picture has provided a clue. He shows the photo around town and a local resident tells him that the woman used to be married to a friend of his, a local deputy sheriff.

Logan finds the woman, Beth Green Taylor Schilling, but has difficulty explaining why he is there. She assumes he wants to apply for a job, and her grandmother, Ellie Blythe Danner hires him. At first, Beth is irritated by Logans presence, but she begins to warm to him as his calm demeanor, willingness to work, and competence in repairing machinery are demonstrated. Logan develops a supportive relationship with Beths son, Ben, who is without positive male influence since the death of Beths brother, Drake.

Beths former husband, Sheriffs Deputy Keith Clayton Jay R. Ferguson - the son of the towns judge - is immediately suspicious of Logan. He is brusque and overbearing with the former Marine. He discourages Ben from playing the violin around him, leading to Ben practising in his tree house. When Ben returns bloodied from a charity baseball game, Beth and Keith have an argument, and Keith threatens to use his connections to take full custody of Ben. Beth is anxious over Keiths short temper, and is fearful of losing her son to him.

On the anniversary of Drakes death, Beth becomes distraught and Logan comforts her. Keith tries to stop the budding relationship between Beth and Logan, but Beth stands up to Keith, showing that she is not intimidated by him any more. Keith learns that Logan was asking about her when he first arrived in town and steals the photo, telling Beth that Logan has been stalking her. Her trust destroyed, Beth is distraught and sends Logan away. Ellie tries to soften Beth, explaining to her that it isnt Logans fault he survived and Drake did not.

An intoxicated Keith sees Logan walking with his dog and angrily confronts him, drawing his gun while people on the street begin to panic and run. Logan disarms Keith, turning the weapon over to another officer. He then heads home to pack and finds a photo of Beths brother, Drake, inside a book that Ben had given him. The tattoo on Drakes forearm says "Aces" and realizes that Drake was the sergeant from the night raid. He returns to Beths house to tell her what he knows of how Drake died.

At Judge Claytons, Keith is shocked and embarrassed over what he did though his father tells Keith it will all blow over before the election. Keith walks out into a gathering storm, leaving his badge behind, and goes to Beth to plead for a reconciliation. When Beth gently but firmly refuses, Keith threatens to take Ben away. Ben overhears this and runs out into the storm, followed by Keith and Beth, just as Logan arrives. Ellie urges Logan to follow. Ben is en route to the tree house, but the rope bridge gives way and he falls into the river along with his father, just as Beth and Logan arrive. Keith, caught in the rope of the bridge, calls to Logan who grabs Ben and hands him to Beth. Before Logan can return for Keith, the tree house falls on Keith and he is swept away in the raging river to his death.

Back home, Beth thanks Logan for saving her son. Logan explains that Drake died saving one of his own men. He starts to leave, but Beth runs after him and says that he belongs with them. Later, Logan, Beth, Zeus and Ben celebrate Bens 9th birthday together.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Russ Comegys as Roger Lyle
  • Kendal Tuttle as Drake "Aces" Green
  • Taylor Schilling as Beth Green
  • Ann McKenzie as Charlotte Clayton
  • Adam LeFevre as Judge Clayton
  • Sharon Morris as Principal Miller
  • Blythe Danner as Ellie
  • Joe Chrest as Deputy Moore
  • Zac Efron as Logan Thibault
  • Riley Thomas Stewart as Ben Clayton
  • Jay R. Ferguson as Keith Clayton
  • Robert Terrell Hayes as Victor
                                     

3. Reception

Box office

The Lucky One has grossed $60.457.138 in North America and $38.900.000 in other territories for a worldwide total of $99.357.138.

In its opening weekend, the film grossed $22.518.358, finishing second at the box office behind Think Like a Man $33.636.303.

Critical reception

The Lucky One received mostly negative reviews from critics. At Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a "negative" rating of 21%, based on 134 reviews and an average rating of 4.2/10, with the critical consensus saying, "While it provides the requisite amount of escapist melodrama, The Lucky One ultimately relies on too many schmaltzy cliches to appeal to anyone not already familiar with the Nicholas Sparks formula". It also has a score of 39 on Metacritic based on 35 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".