ENTERTAINMENT: Mortez Shines In “If I Stay”

Screen-Shot-2014-06-05-at-12_14_38-PMBy Taylor Loughlin – Entertainment Editor

In the movie “If I Stay,” viewers meet Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Mortez) at a crossroads – should she be living her dream and becoming a professional cellist, or traveling the world with her boyfriend Adam (Jamie Blackley) and his band.

Everything changes when Mia and her family get into a terrible car accident which kills several family members and leaves her in a coma. She begins to see the world from a whole new view while on the brink of death.

Mia experiences a sort of out-of-body experience where she is able to feel and hear everything that’s happening around her, but she is unable to respond. The words that really haunt her are ones that are spoken to her by her nurse who tells her that it’s her decision to live or die.

To live would be excruciatingly painful, as she would be living every day without her family, but it would mean she’d get to stay with Adam. Dying would be easy; she would leave behind all the pain and could go be with her family.

Mortez was exceptional in her role as Mia. Her previous roles, including those in “Carrie,” “Kick-Ass,” and “Let Me In,” were all such different characters from the one she portrayed in this film. In those roles, she was depicted as someone who took matters into her own hands with no regards to other people’s well-being.

In this movie, she’s meant to be someone who is confused and not sure what she wants. Mortez is able to show that even in her induced state, she is independent, but unable to hurt the people she loves.

Blackley, who plays Mortez’s co-star and love interest in the movie, was able to play the part of a concerned and distraught boyfriend extremely well. His roles in “Snow White and the Hunstman” and “The Fifth Estate” worked well to prepare him for the role.

Because of his role in these movies, he’s able to play his part well in this film. His character type didn’t change much from the past two roles.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

(Photo courtesy imdb.com)




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