The Lucky One filled me with hope and sadness as I left the cinema into the mild May night. Sad that I had paid to see this film, and hopeful, that the next film I watch will be a tad less clichéd. On a serious note, however, it possibly isn’t the worst film you’ll see all year, despite the presence of Zac Efron.
Despite a highly negative rating of 22% on film rating website Rotten Tomatoes, there are at least two reasons to see this film. The first of these is the incomprehensibly steamy shower scene, where male lead Efron, playing Logan Thibault, finally “reconnoitres” the, ahem, “territory” of the beautiful Beth Clayton (Taylor Schilling), as only a solider can.
The Balkans, for all their beauty, varied landscapes, and wonderfully inviting people, have had a deeply troubled history. No more than 20 years ago, the city of Vukovar in Croatia was being pounded into rubble by the guns of paramilitaries and the tanks of the Yugoslav National Army (JNA), working on behalf of the disintegrating Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which once spanned these scarred lands. Sarajevo, the enchanting capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was on fire and the United Nations’ “protection” it was receiving never once prevented the continual encirclement and besieging of the city.