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Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly & Ed Harris
True stories make incredible films and this one is no different. A Beautiful Mind takes your heart, your perceptions, your mind and twists them around and around again. It uses beauty, pain and action to create an irresistible story that drags you in from the very beginning.
John Nash (Crowe) is an awkward genius who has just started at the prestigious Princeton University. Within the group of fellow mathematicians, Nash is a little different, a little dorky. His only friend is his roommate Charles (Paul Bettany) who is the complete opposite: he drinks, throws large pieces of furniture out windows and happens to like Nash. Go figure.
Nash is searching for the one unique idea, so he ditches class and spends his days and nights writing mathematical equations on windows and finally, one day, he gets his one idea! Ping! The light goes on. This leads to an awesome job which leads to work with the government which ultimately leads to a mental breakdown. In the meantime he has started a serious relationship with a gal called Alicia and they get married. Soon after this he starts getting paranoid and things get crazy.
He’s eventually committed to a mental asylum where some shocking truths are revealed. Or are they? Then Alicia has a baby, Nash gets released and life starts getting funky again. I’m not going to spoil all the ‘surprises’ so let’s just say stuff happens, then stuff gets good, then bad then… um… just see the movie will ya!?
This is an exciting film. Oh my goodness, I had chills up and down my spine when things were revealed. Poor old Nash and his family and his brain. The screenplay was faultless, the acting superb and I reckon if Crowe hadn’t won the Best Actor Oscar for Gladiator the previous year, he would have definitely won for this performance. He was outstanding.
This is no sob story though. Awesome director Ron Howard has masterfully interwoven despair with joy, victory with failure in such a fulfilling way. I just felt full after watching this movie and the fact that it is based on a true story… say no more. If you haven’t seen it or if it’s been a while, check it out. It is worth watching again and again and again!
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