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The Lucky One Is Not So Lucky After All

By Alberto Angulo

Once again, it is a pleasure to write my weekly movie review for you. This time I went to see a movie that might have never been my own choice, but I accepted the suggestion and thought I’d give it a chance. The movie was The Lucky One, and just by the title, you know it’s going to be a corny chick flick, which I would have no problem with if they didn’t actually use things so sacred things to me in order to hook the audience.

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) arrives in a small town and seduces a young, single mother in The Lucky One, an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Number one, they use patriotism, a very intelligent move. Everybody loves our troops. I personally am not 100% comfortable with the whole concept of war, but I kneel myself in front of any soldier who has the guts to say, “You are going to sleep safely tonight because I am in charge.” I admire that and it really bothers me when Hollywood uses this particular sentiment of the American society just to sell some movie tickets, and they dress up some Disney boy named Zac Efron as a Marine. But I have to give it to the producers: They are very intelligent; they do know what sells. You should have seen the reaction of the audience inside the theater (which was full of teenage girls) when Disney boy, Zac, took half of his pants off. It was pandemonium!

Unfortunately, Zac’s newly renovated six pack abs and big arms and thighs did make up for his acting in this one. Oh my … this guy’s acting skills could put a child drinking Starbucks to sleep, but I don’t want to completely bash this move because there are some good things about it. While everybody was wanting it to be Zac’s biggest crossover from child actor to young male roles, it was in fact, a successful introduction of his co-star, Taylor Schilling, a strikingly beautiful new actress whom I had never seen before, but I am telling you, that girl can seriously act! She had the whole audience in tears in one of the most beautiful scenes I have seen during a movie. So two thumbs up for Schilling.

Another thing that I couldn’t help notice was the beautiful photography and gorgeous scenery of this film. Good job on that! The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film’s chilling narcissism ultimately makes for a pleasureless fantasy.