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:: The Vow

Inspired by true events, The Vow is a loose adaptation of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter's book of the same name. Only weeks after their wedding, the Carpenters were involved in a car accident, which resulted in Krickitt losing any and all memories of her relationship with Kim. Unwilling to just give up on their relationship, Kim fought tooth and nail to hold their marriage together, despite his wife having no idea of who he was.

Following an evening out, Paige (Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls) and Leo Collins (Channing Tatum, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) are involved in a motor vehicle accident when a truck slams into them at a stop sign. Paige—who had unbuckled her seat belt to kiss Leo—is sent crashing through the car windshield, while Leo is left relatively unharmed. The two are rushed to hospital, and Leo is overjoyed when Paige finally regains consciousness, but is soon left devastated when Paige fails to recognize him—assuming he is her doctor.

As Leo attempts to help Paige remember their life together, and thus continue their relationship, he finds himself at odds with Paige's parents and a former flame—all of whom Paige remembers—who plan to completely erase Leo from her life. However, Leo is built of sterner stuff, and is prepared to do everything to hold onto the woman he loves.

The Vow is a completely inoffensive experience, yet is never bland. You'll guess the end long before The Cure's “Pictures of You” kicks in to draw the film to a close, but still, the film possesses a charm that ensured I happily went along for the ride. With all due respect to the genre, isn't that about the best you can hope for from a romantic drama?

Romantic dramas rarely deliver decent soundtracks, with the abomination that is Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason surely being the absolute nadir as it attempted to cram as many songs into as few scenes as possible. The Vow, on the other hand, contains an indie-tinged soundtrack featuring the likes of The National, The Cure, Matt Pond PA, and Voxhaul Broadcast that skillfully matches the mood of the film (perhaps that should read “enhances the mood”) without resorting to sloppy ballads. The use of an instrumental version of The National's “England,” which is sure to lead to an increase in sales of their High Violet album, is the clear highlight—so much so that it appears twice.

Sony's single-disc DVD release features a small selection of extras. Director Michael Sucsy provides a commentary track, which is accompanied by a handful of deleted scenes and a gag reel.

DVD Extras

Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
Director’s Commentary