Given the choice to either stay on earth or let it go after a near death accident, how much tragedy would it take for you to lose all hope and simply give up?
Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a young cello player who has a passion for music as grand as the great pyramids. Her parents are totally cool and used to be rockers before settling down to raise Mia and her younger brother, Teddy. Though Mia isn’t all that into rock music, her and her parents have a solid relationship. To add to the irony, Mia had also been involved in a serious relationship (until recently) with a boy named Adam (Jamie Blackley), who is in a rock band that is gaining more and more popularity. On a snow day that frees the family up from their usual routine of school and work, they decide to take a trip to see Mia and Teddy’s grandparents. This trip turns into a misfortunate accident when the the car crashes and Mia is left in a coma. Mia doesn’t realize at first that she is in such a state, for she is having some kind of outer body experience. When she see’s herself for the first time, the reality of the situation hits her, and she is left to observe all of the inauspiciousness around her, and inevitably decide if she wants to stay and wake up, or just let go.
Why I gave this film a chance? I have favorite actors and actresses for various age groups and genres. And one of my favorite young actresses is Chloe Moretz. She has an indescribable talent for acting. But as any movie goer knows, even the best of actors or actresses can be drowned out by a variety of bad movie aspects. Sadly, the potential of this movie was shot down and placed inside of Jigsaw’s playhouse for some blood dripping fun.
The plot concept itself is very strong and intriguing. This film had the ultimate chance to be an emotional, heartfelt drama, that would have had us laughing and crying at various points throughout the feature. Instead, caution was thrown to the wind, and we wound up with a drama that wasn’t very dramatic. It lacked the heart and soul of a modern day dramatical film. So what’s left after removing the heart and soul? A practically lifeless film? Well….yeah.
The films reality factor was a hit and miss disaster. One scene I’m thinking to myself just how real it feels, and the next one I’m scratching my head saying “what the hell is this?” Raw emotion only surfaced once during the entire movie. When Mia’s grandfather is by her bedside in the hospital and tells her that if she wants to let go, it’s ok. His tears, quivering voice, and “raw emotion” hit me harder than bricks hit the bandits in “Home Alone 2”. I’m not an emotional person, but damn that scene was done so well.
Mia’s relationship with Adam was typical boyfriend and girlfriend drama that didn’t do anything for me. Her battle in deciding whether to stay or go seemed typical enough if it was something people actually had to go through everyday. But what really killed the movie was Mia’s reactions to her family’s situation. Even with family members dying, her reactions just weren’t real or believable. You’ll find a more dramatically emotional person grieving over the death of their household pet than I found from Mia mourning over her family members. I don’t attribute this to Chloe’s acting, but rather the robot or computer that wrote the script. A lot more emphasis should have been placed on the crying, screaming, arm waving, head banging, and everything else that goes with losing a loved one.
Total Abstract Rating: 65% The parts that were done correctly prevented the film from being a total waste of time. But the ones that weren’t, made it an unfortunate disappointment. Personally, I would not recommend this film to fans of drama.
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