Charlie St. Cloud
Charlie St. Cloud is a 2010 American drama film based on Ben Sherwood's best-selling novel, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud published in 2004. The film is Directed by Burr Steers and stars; Zac Efron (Charlie), Amanda Crew (Tess) and Charlie Tahan (Sam). The story is of Charlie St. Cloud's choice between keeping a promise he made to his brother, who died in a car accident, or going after the girl he loves.
Charlie St. Cloud is an interesting film with a good cast and given that the script is pretty interesting as well, it had me at hello.
Zac Efron is someone who always puts in a good and believable performance. His turns in 18 Again with Leslie Mann and The Lucky One with Taylor Schilling were dazzling and I hadn't really liked him before that, now I consider myself a fan.
But I digress, back to this film. Charlie has it all going for him, he has his own sailboat and wins a lot of races with his brother Sam and in 2005 he receives a Sailing Scholarship to Stanford University.
So, his future seems set but driving his Brother home one night the car is rear-ended which pushes it into on-coming traffic. They are hit once, then twice and Sam dies but Charlie, who is pronounced dead, is revived.
Charlie is devastated by Sam's death but for some unknown reason he is able to visit with Sam's Spirit and interact with him on the physical plane.
Sam wants Charlie to play catch with him everyday at 5pm, so Charlie does. Until Tess and Charlie fall in love and then he is splitting his time between the two.
Charlie appears to be a bit of a Ghost Whisperer as Tess starts acting weird and he realises that even though her boat is missing and she is pronounced dead that she is actually alive. He steals her boat and Tink (Donal Logue), his friend, helps and they find Tess because Sam sends a guiding light. Yeah, I know, eye roll.
Charlie has an epiphany, he knows he has to live a better life and he goes off sailing with Tess into the Sunset.
Cue: Another eye roll. Just kidding.
Oh, and a stand out cameo from Ray Liota, exceptional as the Ambulance Driver.
The film made $48mil at the Worldwide Box Office and with production costs of $44mil, it barely broke even.