Review: IF I STAY

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 3 (Out of 5 Reels)

Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall (Cloe Grace Mortez) after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined (IMDB).

Mortez has been acting since she was seven years old and many will remember her terrific performances in Kick-Ass and Hugo.  It has been wonderful to watch her elevate of her acting skills.  Not many sixteen year olds can carry their own as the main character in a drama but she definitely does.  Mortez love interest Adam (Jamie Blackley) is an excellent choice because they definitely have chemistry.  It is hard to believe that high-school students can fall in love as intensely as adults and suffer the troubles of that love on their lives.

If I Stay is intense because we watch Mia during an out-of-body experience trying to decide if she wants to live.  Overall If I Stay is well acted and written but paying full price to see this film is not recommended.  This is a film should be enjoyed while having dinner at home.  Watching Mortez is well worth the effort.  She is becoming a wonderful actress and most will look forward to future performances.

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