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The Lucky One

By
Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Source: AmericanCatholic.org

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Ephron) survives several bombings and ambushes while deployed in Iraq.  This is his third tour. In some rubble along the road he sees a photograph of a beautiful young woman with a message written on the back: “Stay safe” and is signed “Beth”. While holding the photo another bomb goes off where Logan was standing. He starts to think the photo is like a guardian angel or good luck charm for him. Then it happens again; he survives when his buddy is killed.
 
When Logan returns home he goes to stay with his sister and her family in Colorado. It soon becomes evident he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But he is still haunted by the photo and instead of going to the VA to get help he decides to walk across the county with his beloved German shepherd Zeus to find her. And he does - at a kennel in Louisiana.
 
Beth (Taylor Schilling) thinks Logan is there for a job but when he says he is a former marine she turns him away. But her grandmother (Blythe Danner), with whom Beth and her seven year-old son Ben (Riley Thomas Stewart) live, hires him anyway. We soon learn that Beth’s beloved older brother was a marine killed in combat but so far the military has not told them how he died but they suggested that friendly fire may have had a role in his death. On no evidence Beth suspects that Logan might have been involved. Beth has survived much loss: their parents were killed in an accident when she and her brother were young. She became pregnant as a senior in high school, married the father, Keith (Jay R. Ferguson) who is a bully dressed in a deputy sheriff’s uniform.  They are now divorced.
 
“The Lucky One” is based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks and I was privileged to meet him last Saturday during the press day for the film. When asked about the predictability of his stories he described the formula that resonates with readers: a plot that moves through all life’s emotions from loss, sorrow, jealousy, betrayal, sadness, tragedy, reconciliation, love to joy.  He also said that there are three things that he insists on when his books are turned into movies: 1) That the spirit and intent of the story are maintained 2) that the spirit and intent of the characters are maintained and 3) that the filmmakers make the best movie possible. In other words Sparks does not mind artistic license if it serves the story.

“The Lucky One” is the fourth collaboration between Nicholas Sparks and producer Denise Di Novi and a fifth is in the works.


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