Let's get this out of the way first. I'm a big romantic and proud of it. Now as to this movie. Nicholas Sparks knows how to make a story work; somebody involved with this production doesn't. Way, way too many scenes go clunk in the dark. The photography is pretty. My wife, Sue, cried; I didn't.
This is a big, loud, dumb-as-a-brick, totally without any logic thriller; and I kind of liked it. If he wants to, Shia LaBeouf could probably become a great actor. Go for it, Shia. It's probably more fun than crashing cars.