What You Need To Know - February 2, 2015

If I Stay: What You Need To Know
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If I Stay: What You Need To Know

Gayle Foreman's 2009 novel If I Stay was given the film adaptation treatment last year and as of February 2nd you'll be able to own it on Blu-Ray or DVD. So what can we expect from Foreman's tale on the big screen? Here's everything you need to know.

Who's in it?

R.J. Cutler is in the director's chair for this film adaptation of Foreman's novel, based on a screenplay written by Shauna Cross. Chloe Grace-Moretz stars in the leading role of Mia Hall, while the supporting cast includes Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard and Liana Liberato.

What's the plot?

Mia is a talented young musician, a cellist hoping to attend New York's prestigious Julliard school to study music. Then, tragedy strikes when she and her family are involved in a car accident. Just like the novel it is based on, the film's narrative is spun from the viewpoint of Mia's subconscious as she lies in a coma, fully aware of those around her but unable to communicate with them.

As she is visited by friends and family in hospital, Mia experiences a series of flashbacks and memories, laying out her life so far and the life that lies in front of her. That is, if she decides to wake up.

Mia realises she is faced with a decision: she can choose to wake up, but the consequences of the accident that left her hospitalised has far reaching effects on the life she thought she would live. So,does she wake up and live a life very, very different to the one she imagined, or will she decide to give up and quietly slip away?

If I Stay
If I Stay R.J. Cutler

Does it deliver?

As you'd imagine, this a pretty emotional narrative and make no mistake: this film is a proper tear-jerker. Grace-Moretz delivers another impressive performance and even though she is still very young she looks set for a very promising career. Jamie Blackley is another standout performer in what is a fairly well nuanced film from R.J. Cutler. Although the director has an impressive number of TV shows and documentaries under his belt, this represents a debut in terms of full-length feature films and although the cast isn't exactly star-studded, the performers are more than up to the task here.

The film has target audience, for sure, and if you're a guy in your thirties or forties who enjoy's big, explosive action movies than this will perhaps not be the film for you, but if you enjoyed films like The Notebook or The Fault in Our Stars this will be right up your street.

If I Stay - Official Trailer

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