The Vow

April 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM | Posted in !Film reviews! | 2 Comments

The Vow

Released: February 10, 2012
Running time: 104 minutes
Category: Romantic drama

With: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Sam Neill, Scott Speedman, Jessica Lange a.o.

The Vow is based on the actual relationship of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, who wrote a book about their marriage, also known as The Vow. Ten weeks after their wedding on 18 September 1993, the couple was in an automobile accident in which Krickitt suffered brain trauma, which erased memories of her romance with Kim as well as their recent marriage. Kim, however, was still madly in love with his wife, although his wife viewed him as a stranger after the accident. However, according to the couple, their faith in Jesus and their wedding vows before God kept them together.

After Leo Collins and his wife Paige leave the movie theater, they get into their Saab 190 to drive back home. Leo stops the car and Paige unbuckles her belt to kiss him, after which their car is rammed by a truck. Paige crashes through the windshield and both are rushed to the hospital. Leo recovers quickly, but Paige is being kept in coma. When she wakes up and sees Leo, she thinks he is her doctor, implying her loss of memory. She doesn’t remember the past few years of her life being married to Leo and having her own art studio. All she remembers is being engaged to Jeremy whom she met at law school.
Paige agrees to go live with Leo again in the hope of regaining her memory, but that becomes a lot harder when both her parents and Jeremy come back into her life.

The story immediately appealed to me when I saw the trailer in the movie theater, and I’m surprised it actually got mixed to negative reviews from the professionals. I don’t know whether it’s just me being an unprofessional reviewer or it’s my taste in movies but I think this movie is pretty awesome. It’s intriguing, the moment of the crash was terrible to see. You actually see Paige crashing right through the glass and ending up on the hood. That impact becomes even bigger when she doesn’t remember all the wonderful moments she has had with Leo. You see how they met, how cute they are together and how much they used to love each other, and Leo is the only one who still remembers. He has to make his own wife fall in love with him all over again, how hard is that?!
All the while I kept hoping they would end up together again, and the story twists just make it seem like it’s either gonna get really hard or it’s never gonna happen again. Paige eventually picks up her personal life where she left off, but the ending left me kinda sad. They don’t get married again, they just start dating and see where things are going. That’s questionable, until a little message about Kim and Krickitt pops up saying they are now happily married and have two children, although Krickitt never regained her memory. It satisfies me a little, knowing however Paige will not regain her memories, she and Leo will still be together after all.


4 stars



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  1. Thank you so much for your review on The Vow! It seems like a movie I would love, me and my husband plan on watching it. I just ordered it on Blockbuster @Home so we should be getting it in the mail very soon. I can’t believe they get divorced, that is kind of sad but at least they get married again while the real people who it’s based off of. A co-worker at Dish told me she seen the movie and loved it, she even cried especially during the car wreck scene. Hopefully it is a movie I would like; I can’t wait to see it.

    • I think it’s a great movie to watch with your husband, good choice! Maybe I’ve spoiled the ending a bit for you, but there’s enough left for you to enjoy without me spoiling it, haha.
      The co-worker at Dish is right, it’s possible to cry while watching this movie, I was pretty close to crying as well.
      Have a good time watching this movie, I really recommend it!

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