“The Vow” is a forgettable film with a long-winded plot and unimpressive acting that seriously lacks chemistry.
Leo and Paige, played by Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, are happily married when a snowy car crash leaves Paige in the hospital under a medically induced coma.
Paige wakes up with no memory of the past five years of her life. She does not know who the president is, that she is a rather successful sculptor or who her husband is. To make matters worse, she believes she is still engaged to ex-fiancé Jeremy.
Jeremy, played by Scott Speedman, is a cocky businessman who is the polar opposite of record producer Leo.
Leo patiently waits for his wife to regain her memory while she struggles to remember why she is no longer attending law school or talking to her parents, played by Jessica Lange and Sam Neill. Leo holds on as Paige takes him on an emotional roller coaster as she fights to make sense of her life.
“The Vow” is a typical chick flick that relies on tear-jerking moments to cover up the lack of an engaging plot. The film turns what should have been a 10-minute story into an hour-and -a-half-long movie that is more of a chore than entertainment.
Casting Tatum to play the cool, hipster record producer did not fit his athletic, macho-man persona. His performance is unimpressive and far from convincing; watching him don a fedora and struggle through his role is difficult to watch and seriously dampens any potential the film has.
McAdams’s ability to come across as hip is slightly better than Tatum’s, but Lange proves to have the strongest performance of all. She accurately portrays her role of the uptight mother and easily outshines the other actors.
The soundtrack is one, if not the only, positive aspect of “The Vow.” Bands like The National,
OK Go and Still Life Still make the film fun to at least listen to.
The credits roll with The Cure’s “Picture’s Of You,” which almost entirely makes up for Tatum’s struggle to portray a hipster.
“The Vow” is doomed to be forgotten as it is uninspiring with awkward acting and a plot that is entirely too long.
“The Vow” is rated PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity and some language.