Directed by Burr Steers
“Zac Efron stars as Charlie St. Cloud, a small-town hero and an accomplished sailor who has it all: the adoration of his mother and younger brother, and a Stanford scholarship. His bright future is cut short when tragedy strikes, taking his dreams with it. Now Charlie is torn between honoring a promise he made years ago and pursuing his newfound love with a former high-school classmate. Based on the acclaimed bestseller, comes a story of hope, second chances and the transformative power of love, also starring Ray Liotta and Academy Award winner Kim Basinger.”
“Charlie St. Cloud” is rated PG-13 for language including some sexual references, an intense accident scene and some sensuality.
Zac Efron proves himself to be a more than just a pretty face. He handles drama, humor, and emotional scenes equally well. Give him a better script and I think he could be a pretty good leading man that people other than adolescent girls could enjoy watching. Amanda Crew is also good as Tess Carroll. She’s pretty enough to be a believable match with Efron, yet capable of looking average enough that she’d be overlooked in high school. The two have good chemistry together. Ray Liotta has a small but memorable role as Florio Ferrente. But Kim Basinger is barely in the movie as Claire St. Cloud. She’s in it briefly at the beginning and then never seen again.
Once “Charlie St. Cloud” is over and you start picking apart the plot, things start to have trouble adding up. I can’t get into details here without spoiling it, but a love scene midway through the film has some strange implications once the big twist is revealed. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself.
If you like feel-good movies with supernatural twists, if you’re a Zac Efron fan, or if you read the book then this is a Blu-ray you’re going to want to pick up.
The Blu-ray has a few bonus features included on it. There are some Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary. “On Location With Zac Efron” shows the actor giving a tour of the set. “Zac Efron, Leading Man” features the actor while another featurette discusses the supernatural twist of the film. Finally there’s a Feature Commentary with Director Burr Steers.