When you’re a teenager, everything feels like it’s life or death; each decision has an irrevocable ripple effect that you will experience forever. But in “If I Stay,” the very decision to stay alive (or not) hangs in the balance, and it’s a choice that Chloë Moretz will have to make.
Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, with a screenplay by Shauna Cross and directed by R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue“), this one follows Mia, who winds up in a coma following a terrible car crash. Caught between life and death, we see the life she led and the people she touched before the accident, and she has to decide whether to keep living or not. But all we know is, if Stacy Keach is crying for us to fight, you damn well believe we’d make our way back to the land of the living. But overall, this looks like squarely aimed at the tweenage set who might enjoy it more than someone older, but then again, many thought the same thing about “The Fault In Our Stars” which overall, was pretty warmly received.
“If I Stay” opens on August 22nd. Watch below.