Written July 01, 2016
This review contains a spoiler. Don't continue reading if you don't want me to ruin it for you.
I thought it was really interesting how *SPOILER ALERT* Luke dies in the first act and they hold on to the audience's interest in the second act with Avery's storyline and how it all ties up with Luke in the end.
What could have helped this film be better is a shorter third act. They go into how Luke and Avery's kids' lives also intertwine in the future and it just becomes too much. I get that the moral of the story is your actions have consequences and those consequences can live on forever. And that we should all try to avoid bad decisions because that can sometimes ruin people's lives. But I personally felt, the story didn't have to go that in depth.
Towards the end, I felt it starting to drag on and they should have left it with Luke and Avery's story with a little wrap up of the kids in the end.
All in all, I think it was a good film with good acting, directing and story.
Written April 08, 2013
Such a waste of a film in money and talent.. Did not care for the characters to show you how bad this film is. Terrible Directing, Producing and dialogue. I agree 100% with Chicago Sun TImes review. Please read before u see this. Love the actors but they could not save this film..
Written August 29, 2016
There was just too much content to cover in the course of a movie. The movie covers 18 years with the result that characters and situations could not be fully developed. I just felt there was so much more to the story and that it just didn't get told.
Written October 21, 2016
Well written, acted and beautifully shot. The mood throughout the film is an exact fit for the location and the plot is brilliant. Great job by all involved.
Written April 28, 2017
If you need an emotional roller coaster of a movie, then this may not be for you. However, if you like real movies with top notch acting, then this will be your cup of tea. I expected Gosling and Cooper to be as good as they were, the surprise for me was Eva Mendes who was perfection as the woman who appears to have settled for security over unstable true love. The supporting cast was outstanding as well. With all the junk out there today (Jennifer Aniston type movies), this movie is worth the drive and the ticket price.