Charlie St Cloud
Director: Burr Steers
Cast: Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Donal Logue, Ray Liotta
Shown at: Movieplex Cinema Plaza, Hollywood Multiplex, Cinema City Cotroceni
The movie is based on the novel by Ben Sherwood and stars Zac Efron as Charlie, a promising teenager who’s just won a sailing scholarship to Stanford and is looking forward to beginning his new life, despite some sadness at leaving behind his mother and his younger brother Sam. However, when Sam dies in a horrific car accident – during which Charlie technically dies too but is revived by a medic – Charlie gives up his future and stays in town, so that he can fulfil a dying promise to Sam and play catch with his ghost at sunset every evening. The film then leaps forward five years to find Charlie still visiting Sam every evening and working as a graveyard attendant, where it turns out he can speak to dead people. However, when he begins a romance with former-classmate-turned-sailing-champion Tess, Charlie feels torn between his promise to his brother and the chance of something new.
As a metaphor for grieving and the need to let go, the hideously sentimental central premise just about works, largely thanks to a good on screen chemistry between the main actors.