Zac’s luck runs out
WHEN did Zac Efron get old? The last time I checked, Efron ( pictured) was mincing around singing about high school and girls, now he’s all solemn and battling inner demons, thanks to serving in a war . . . man, the times change fast. He gets to be all broody and loveable here, starring as an exmarine who returns home after serving multiple tours in Iraq, but struggles to adapt. With the horrors of war playing on his mind, he turns his attention to the good luck charm he sees as having saved his life while abroad – the photo of a beautiful young woman he found in the desert while on duty – and sets off across the country to find her. You won’t be shocked to find out that this weepie is based on one of those sickly Nicholas Sparks novels, and it sticks to his boy- meeting- girl- and- falling- in- love formula pretty strictly. An oldfashioned romance but one that sinks under the weight of cliche.
Extras: ★ A featurette on the chemistry between Efron and Taylor Schilling, which is light, breezy and gushy.