Review: The Vow (12)

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Leo (Channing Tatum) glimpses Paige (Rachel McAdams) in a queue and flirts with her, using his charm and good looks to secure a memorable first date.

They fall in love and marry, and Leo pursues his dreams of running a music recording studio while Paige exercises her artistic flair with sculpture commissions around the city.

One snowy night, the couple is involved in a car accident.

Leo survives relatively unscathed, but Paige suffers massive trauma to her head, resulting in memory loss.

As Paige comes to terms with her condition, her estranged parents (Sam Neill, Jessica Lange) exploit her misfortune to make amends for past mistakes and woo her back home.

However, Paige decides she should stay with Leo, hoping this might jog her fractured memory.

Leo tries everything to earn Paige’s love again, but she looks at him with distrust and gravitates towards her old flame Jeremy (Scott Speedman), who is the last man she can remember with affection.

The Vow will appeal to hopelessly-romantic fans of The Notebook, which also starred McAdams and espouses the same unswerving belief in enduring love.

Tatum and McAdams are an attractive pairing and they kindle a smouldering screen chemistry in early scenes, which provides us with a compelling reason to root for reconciliation in adversity.

Neill and Lange enjoy small, but pivotal roles while Wendy Crewson plays a touchy-feely head injury specialist, who solemnly advises Paige, “If you don’t open yourself to life, you’ll always live in fear of the past.”