So begins Logan's quest of love and fate, in search of the woman who saved his soul and to offer him a sense of hope and redemption within his shell shocked life.
“The Lucky One” is the fourth Nicholas Sparks' novel brought to the screen by producer Denise Di Novi (The Notebook) and this production directed by Scott Hicks (Shine).
Efron locates Beth, (Taylor Schilling) the woman in the photo and her mother (Blythe Danner) where he takes up being the two's hired hand helping out with the dog kennel they run together. They, Beth and Logan look doe eyed at each other a lot and Efron works hard to keep his one glassy-eyed "I'm a harden Marine" look throughout, exactly what one would expect from a Nick Sparks story.
Boy meets girl, girl has a nasty abusive ex-husband (played incredibly one dimensionally by Jay R. Ferguson) boy saves girl and all's well that ends well.
There's a nice chemistry between Efron and Schilling and Blythe Danner anchors their budding romance well. If you watch TV and have seen the trailers for “The Lucky One,” it's virtually paint by numbers of that.
The story doesn't stray very far from what is shown in the ads except for a completely oblivious conclusion to where and why the photo appeared to Logan, saving his life and changing everyone else's forever. There's a big set piece of an ending but nothing that one would state as gripping. Sufficient is more appropriate.
But, the film rolls along at a nice pace and the girls sitting next to me handed each other tissues as they left the theater comforting each other. Let's face it, Zac Efron and has handsomely grown up from his High School Musical days and is enough to make many women, and men for that matter swoon. For many, having the muscular and brooding Logan track them down and pursue them romantically would make them feel like they were “The Lucky One.”
This film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some sexuality and violence.
Running time: 101 minutes.