Synopsis: Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. If I Stay is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.
Release Date: August 22, 2014 MPAA Rating: PG-13
It’s said that your life passes before your eyes in the moments before you die. So, what if you could look back upon the events of your life and make the decision as to whether or not you want to go towards the light of Heaven? That question is the main plot point of If I Stay.
If I Stay stars Chloe Grace Moretz (Carrie, Kick-Ass) as Mia Hall, a shy yet popular high school student who seemingly has the world at her feet. She’s a talented cellist who has just scored an audition for The Juilliard School of Music. Her boyfriend, Adam (Snow White and the Huntsman‘s Jamie Blackley), is the frontman of the most popular band in the hip Portland music scene. Her parents (played by Mireille Enos from World War Z and Joshua Leonard from The Blair Witch Project) are aging ex-rock & rollers who treat her with respect and trust, giving her a freedom that makes her the envy of all of her friends. Mia’s apparently perfect life is turned completely upside down one snowy afternoon when her family is involved in an automobile accident that kills her parents and leaves Mia in a coma. Mia has an out of body experience at the hospital where she can not only see the doctors working furiously to save her life, but she is able to look back on key moments in her life, remembering both the joy and pain of her experiences. While watching the hurt and suffering of her family and friends, Mia must decide how much she wants to fight to survive. Whether she wants to live or die, her fate is in her own hands.
Since just about every main character in the film is a musician of some sort, the musical selections in If I Stay are important elements of the film. There are three different levels of music involved in the soundtrack. First, there is the classical music that Mia loves, and selections by Beethoven and Bach are peppered throughout the narrative to illustrate her influences. Because Mia’s parents are old rockers, the music of their youth is ever-present as well, represented in the film by songs from rock icons like Iggy Pop, Blondie, and The Buzzcocks. Finally, there’s Adam’s music: the post-punk, alt-rock sound characterized by modern artists like Beck, Sonic Youth, and Hope Sandoval, as well as the music of Adam’s celluloid band, Willamette Stone, who contribute a half dozen or so songs to the soundtrack which, frankly, aren’t half bad. The mix of music in the film is a little eclectic, but it fits the different styles of the characters well, and the soundtrack sounds cohesive without ever getting boring. The music to If I Stay holds up its end of the bargain.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): R.J. Cutler,,,
- Screenwriter(s): Shauna CrossGayle Forman
- Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz (Mia Hall), Mireille Enos (Kat), Jamie Blackley (Adam), Joshua Leonard (Denny), Liana Liberato (Kim), Stacy Keach (Gramps), , , , , ,
- Editor(s): Keith Henderson
- Cinematographer: John de Borman
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- Music Score: Heitor Pereira
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- Country Of Origin: USA