Nights in Rodanthe which is a similar veined story as The Notebook
as both were written by the same author,
tells the story of a woman at a crossroads in life whose life is in
chaos. The woman is Adrienne Willis (Diane
Lane), who begins the film locking horns with her teenaged daughter
Amanda (Mae Whitman) and son Danny (Charlie Tahan) about going to
spend the weekend with their father Jack (Christopher Meloni).
compound the situation, Jack drops the bombshell that he is once
again sorry for the affair that he committed and wishes to return
home, however Adrienne has mixed feelings and needs time to think
about it, more specifically in Rodanthe. For in Rodanthe, Adrienne has
agreed to tend the seaside inn owned by her best friend, Jean (Viola
Davis) and also spend some time soul searching.
luck would have it, there’s only one guest staying at the inn that
weekend, a mysterious and seemingly secretive doctor named Paul
Flanner (Richard Gere) and eventually, they both open up to each
other. As time passes, both become
close, however they eventually become closer when the impending
hurricane finally hits the area and Paul and Adrienne find
themselves trapped inside, seeking each other for comfort.
After professing his love
to Adrienne, he also explains that he needs to set things right with
his son as does Adrienne with her husband Jack. Of course,
nothing is ever as clear-cut in life and the ending here may
surprise a few expecting everything to be tied up with a neat little
On blu-ray the video and audio quality of Nights in
Rodanthe is brilliant with sharp images, true blacks and vibrant
colours that is matched well with the Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
which sounds phenomenal when the hurricane hits. When it comes to special
features, the disc is lacking anything too in-depth, besides the
feature commentary track and a few other tidbits.
At the end of the day, Nights in Rodanthe
is quite a predictable and manipulative tearjerker from writer
Nicholas Sparks that unfortunately falls a little flat, unlike his
previous clever story, The Notebook.