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The Choice (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 5 February 2016 (USA)
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Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events.



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Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events.

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Let your heart decide.


Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues | See all certifications »

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$6,050,443 (USA) (5 February 2016)


$18,709,066 (USA) (25 March 2016)

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Second film where Tom Welling and Maggie Grace co-star. The first was The Fog (2005). See more »


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Written by Dave Baynton-Power (as David Baynton-Power), Tim Booth, Saul Davies, Brian Eno, Jim Glennie (as James Glennie), Larry Gott (as James Gott) and Mark Hunter
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An ambition to feel fresh but unfortunately it doesn't
4 May 2016 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Time for Nicholas Sparks' next film The Choice. I've previously here on Filmografen, ranked Sparks' films from best to worst and did then exclude this film because I hadn't seen it yet. The Choice is about Travis, a charming womanizer from the southern parts of USA. He lives by the sea and approach life in an easy manner. Gabby, a studying doctor, moves in next door and they immediately start to annoy each other. But what at first seems as dislike soon turns into interest and they begin a romance. But life isn't always a dance on roses and of course problems and dilemmas awaits around the corner.

The Choice is a very typical Nicholas Sparks film and it contains most elements associated with his films. Questions about religion, a past incident or a memory that's been repressed and also somebody that died. I actually think that it starts out pretty good and it feels typical but still new. Drama and problems are not as enhanced as they usually are and their relationship feels normal. Usually there are extreme events such as a soldier saved by a woman from a photo or some other girl running away from a weird man, straight into the arms of a troubled one. The introduction sort of gives a clue of what to come, but at the same time we are offered a little twist near the end.

I am both half happy and disappointed after having seen The Choice. I think they've been sloppy at times with the cinematography and despite the stunning locations, they often go with close-ups on the actors faces. Perhaps to hide the fact that they are shooting in a studio and if not, pity with such great outside locations. I don't think I can expect fresh new stuff from Mr Sparks in the near future and that's a shame. Perhaps many of his films are in fact on the same level but the more the concept and the story are used over and over again, the less interesting the film gets. I still think though, compared to for example The Longest Ride or The Lucky One, that here there was an ambition to create more realism and credibility, at least for the first 30 – 45 minutes. Then it sort of dies out and at the end I just feel, well that was that, and what really was the meaning of that. The Choice could have been made better, the opportunity was there

David Lindahl - www.filmografen.se

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