Midnight Sun (2018 film)
Midnight Sun is a 2018 American romantic drama film based on the 2006 Japanese film A Song to the Sun. The film was directed by Scott Speer and written by Eric Kirsten, stars Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Rob Riggle, and follows a teenage girl with the disease, xeroderma pigmentosum, which prevents her from going out into sunlight. When she meets a boy, she struggles to decide whether to tell him about her condition or pretend to live a normal life. Principal photography began on October 12, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The film was released in the United States on March 23, 2018.
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|Directed by||Scott Speer|
|Written by||Eric Kirsten|
|Based on||A Song to the Sun|
by Kenji Bando
|Music by||Nate Walcott|
|Distributed by||Global Road Entertainment|
|Box office||$27.4 million|
Sheltered since early childhood, Katie Price lives with a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight caused by the rare genetic condition, xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). She is housebound during daylight hours and is cared for by her father (Jack) and her best friend (Morgan). Katie comes out of the house every night, once the sun has set. One night, her longtime crush, Charlie, notices her while playing guitar at the train station. Katie leaves suddenly and forgets her notebook, which Charlie keeps. He returns the next day and gives it to Katie when she shows up to retrieve it. He explains to her how he got his injury that prevented him from getting a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley before kissing her.
However, Katie has yet to tell Charlie of her condition, despite her father warning her to do so. Charlie takes Katie out for a night to Seattle, where they go to a live show, and Charlie makes Katie play one of her songs on one of the city's streets. Once home, they go swimming out in the lake, and dry off with a fire on the beach. Charlie mentions watching the sunrise, and Katie runs home in fear. Charlie picks her up and quickly drives her there, but she does not make it in time, and is exposed to the sunlight for just a couple of seconds. Katie runs inside, while Morgan and Jack come home soon after. Charlie is still standing confused at the front door, and Morgan explains Katie's condition to him. Once the doctors run some tests, they come to the conclusion that Katie's brain is contracting, and it's only a matter of time before she dies.
Katie begins to experience twitches in her finger, which prevents her from playing the guitar. She also ignores Charlie's messages as she does not want to hurt him. Jack eventually convinces Katie to speak to Charlie, who still wants to be with Katie, and does not care about her condition. Katie goes to Charlie's swim meet with the Berkeley coach, and they hang out at the house with Morgan and Jack. Charlie takes Katie out one night, and surprises her by booking a recording session, where she sings a song she wrote for him. Soon after, while hanging out at her house, Charlie mentions that he has to visit the boat for the last time, which he has been hired to take care of the whole summer. Katie, fearing that she is going to die, eventually remembers the time Charlie told her that he wished they could sail together, and convinces Jack to let her go with Charlie, despite it being during the day. Katie sails with Charlie, feels the sunlight, and spends her final moments with him, dying shortly thereafter.
Some time later, Charlie goes to Katie's house where he bids farewell to Jack as he is going to pursue his swimming dreams. Jack tells Charlie that Katie wanted him to keep the notebook. Later on, Charlie is setting out, where he listens to Katie's song on the radio and reads the heartfelt message which Katie wrote for him in the notebook. In the letter, Katie tells Charlie to watch for the new things which are coming his way and to look up in the sky and to always remember that she loves him.
- Bella Thorne as Katherine "Katie" Price
- Patrick Schwarzenegger as Charles "Charlie" Reed
- Rob Riggle as Jack Price
- Quinn Shephard as Morgan
- Suleka Mathew as Dr. Paula Fleming
- Nicholas Coombe as Garver
- Ken Tremblett as Mark Reed
- Jennifer Griffin as Barb Reed
- Tiera Skovbye as Zoe Carmichael
- Austin Obiajunwa as Owen
- Alex Pangburn as Wes
- Paul McGillion as Blake Jones
On June 22, 2015, it was announced that Scott Speer would next direct a young adult romantic drama film, Midnight Sun, based on the script by Eric Kirsten, which would star Patrick Schwarzenegger as Charlie and Bella Thorne as Katie. The film is based on the 2006 Japanese film of same name. It was financed by Boies / Schiller Film Group, and produced by John Rickard and Zack Schiller. On October 9, 2015, Rob Riggle joined the film to play Katie's father, Jack.
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||March 16, 2018|
|Singles from Midnight Sun|
Midnight Sun is the soundtrack album for the movie. It was released on March 16, 2018. The album features music of the pop and soundtrack genres.
|1.||"Burn So Bright"||Bella Thorne||3:22|
|7.||"Walk With Me"||Thorne||3:24|
|8.||"Where I Stand"||Mia Wray||3:23|
|9.||"Let The Light In"||Thorne||3:18|
|10.||"Katie's House"||Nate Walcott||2:16|
|12.||"I'm Old School Too"||Walcott||0:52|
|15.||"Boat Dock Talk"||Walcott||1:18|
|16.||"Sailing Sounds Perfect"||Walcott||1:15|
|17.||"Wanna Go out on a Real Date?"||Walcott||1:23|
|18.||"I'm Not Swimming"||Walcott||1:22|
|19.||"Skinny Dip Kiss"||Walcott||1:58|
|22.||"That Would Be Fine"||Walcott||0:54|
Midnight Sun grossed $9.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $17.8 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross $27.4 million.
In the United States, Midnight Sun was released alongside Pacific Rim: Uprising, Sherlock Gnomes, Unsane and Paul, Apostle of Christ, and was projected to gross around $5 million from 2,173 theaters in its opening weekend. It ended up debuting to $4 million, finishing 10th at the box office. It fell 54% to $1.8 million in its second week.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 21% based on 61 reviews, and an average rating of 4.20/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Midnight Sun is a typically manipulative and contrived teen romance that's unfortunately distinguished by its offensively inaccurate portrayal of a real-life disease." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 38 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale.
|2018||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Drama||Midnight Sun||Nominated|||
|Choice Drama Movie Actor||Patrick Schwarzenegger||Nominated|
|Choice Drama Movie Actress||Bella Thorne||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Ship||Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramatic Movie||Midnight Sun||Nominated|||
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