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Charlie St Cloud

Based on an acclaimed novel, "Charlie St. Cloud" is a romantic drama starring Zac Efron as a young man who survives an accident that lets him see the world in a unique way. Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud (Efron) has the adoration of mother Claire (Kim Basinger) and little brother Sam (Charlie Tahan), as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high-school classmate Tess (Amanda Crew) returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 30 Sep 2010
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
Cast: Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Amanda Crew, Charlie Tahan
Director: Burr Steers
Format: NA


Writer: Audrey Ker

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “17 Again”, “The Sixth Sense”

Veering away from the comedic feel of "17 Again", director Burr Steers teams up again with Zac Efron to bring forward the message that blood is thicker than water in the poignant piece that is "Charlie St. Cloud".

Charlie St. Cloud (Zac Efron) has a bright future in front of him, being an accomplished sailor and getting a scholarship to an Ivy League college. He is also a beloved brother to Sam (Charlie Tahan); they do almost everything together. But tragedy strikes, and Sam is taken too soon. Not being able to let go, Charlie forgoes his dreams and stays in a 'world' where he and his brother are still together. Fast forward a few years, he meets with a former classmate Tess (Amanda Crew) and develops a relationship with her, causing him to be torn between letting go of his past and moving forward with the future.

Based on a critically acclaimed novel, "Charlie St. Cloud" explores a lot on the loss of a loved one. It asks the questions: How does one cope with loss, especially when it is sudden and unexpected? When do we let go and move forward? If we do finally let go, does it mean that we forget that person? Still, even with these heavy questions, the film doesn't drag. Director Steers balances the heavy subjects with heartwarming scenes of brotherhood, love and hope. A little twist in the story brings a rather quirky look at life as well, but as a whole "Charlie St. Cloud" delivers the message of devotion well.

For those who are quick to dismiss this film as a plot to make more money out of teen heartthrob Zac Efron, prepare to be surprised as Efron delivers a rather strong performance as the titular character. Yes, he is still cute as always but he definitely came a long way from the singing and slick dance moves in the "High School Musical" franchise. He brings much depth in becoming the older brother who holds on dearly to memories of his sibling. His camaraderie with newcomer Charlie Tahan (last seen in "I Am Legend") is amazing to watch; we can easily recognize that kind of bond in our own relationships with our siblings. Tahan is also very memorable as the affable younger brother who thinks the world of his elder brother.

Give this a go if you have siblings. It is a great watch to relive the times together with your brothers or sisters, even if it tugs at your heartstrings most of the time.

Cinema Online, 22 September 2010
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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