Midnight Sun – Film Review by Frank L.
Directed by Scott Speer
Writers: Kenji Bando (based on the motion picture screenplay “T aiyô no uta” by), Eric Kirsten
Stars: Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle
Katie (Bella Thorne) is a good looking high school graduate who likes to accompany herself on the guitar which once had belonged to her mother who died when she was young. Her father Jack (Robb Riggle) is a regular guy who has home-schooled Katie as she suffers from the lethal disease Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) which prevents her from going out into sunlight. Notwithstanding this restriciton she luckily notices from her bedroom window Charlie (Patrick Schwarzeneggar, son of Arnold). Needless to say they eventually meet and his problem is that he is a swimming ace who has damaged his shoulder and therefore cannot win a sports scholarship to go to college. They immediately are star struck and go out on a date he not knowing that she suffers from XP. She is having a great time with her Prince Charming but like Cinderella she does not notice the time passing; all too soon it is dawn and the sun is rising. Their story continues but unlike the story of Cinderella there is not a fairy godmother to wave a magic wand.
With director Scott Speer known for such hits as Step Up Revolution and Scream: The TV Series it was always fighting an uphill battle. Sadly, this film probably isn’t even the best thing he’s worked on. It continues Hollywood’s fascination with teenagers with bizarre illnesses, which is probably more to do with a ready made market from YA novels, but this doesn’t even have such a background. It is apparently based on a Japanese motion picture “Taiyô no uta” (2006). In this adaptation, no sentimental stone is left unturned as the drama unfolds. There is mild interest in the performance of young Schwarzenegger, but other than that, this is almost entirely unremarkable in every aspect. The biggest surprise with it is that it got a cinema release at all!