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A beautiful mind...

Movie Review: A beautiful mind
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer
Director: Ron Howard

The film spans the life of John Nash (Russell Crowe)-from mathematical prodigy, to delusional schizophrenic, to Nobel Prize winner. We first meet John in 1948, and he is entering Princeton University as a graduate student. He rarely goes to class and calculates his mathematical theories on dorm room and library windows. Most of his colleagues steer clear of him, except his roommate, Charles (

Paul Bettany), who tries to lighten him up. John eventually closes in on a hypothesis for an economic theory and becomes a star in the math world. He lands a prestigious position at MIT, meets his wife, Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) and consults for the Pentagon, cracking impossible codes no one else can. He meets William Parcher (Ed Harris), a CIA agent who brings John in on a top-secret government operation to catch Russian spies--or so we think. Unbeknownst to those around him, Nash's "beautiful mind" is descending into madness and his grip on reality is fading. Alicia gets him psychiatric help, but the drugs and shock therapy dull him so senselessly, it's painful to watch. All Nash wants is his mind back, so he begins to fight his illness on his own terms. Through the years, John's delusions don't necessarily go away, but he learns to deal with them sanely. More importantly, in Nash's later life, he finally gains the respect and admiration he

deserves from his peers.
A Beautiful Mind is Ron Howard's bets directed film. It is inspired by the true life story of John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius

and Nobel Prize winner, who simply wants to think--about theories, about life, about love--if only his own mind would let him do it. Howard has matured in his directing style. The film was lush to look at, where he uses shadows and light in an amazing way. The script, based on a book by Sylvia Nasar, is brilliant as well. About performance, Crowe is truly a wonder in this film. He really gets under Nash's skin, having obviously studied the real-life mathematician's movements and mannerisms carefully. From Nash's walk to the twitches of the mouth to the eyes that never stop moving, he fleshes out a character that melds perfectly with the real Nash. Crowe shows us the horror of being

locked in a mind that works brilliantly yet won't let him see things normally. The other standout in this picture is the stunning Connelly. Over the years, she's quietly been turning in stellar performances in such films as "Requiem for a Dream" and "Pollock", but as Nash's beleaguered wife, Alicia, she finally gets to shine. Connelly convincingly portrays a woman in love with a man whose mind is great, if troubled. Witnessing her torment and anguish over her husband's debilitating illness was moving. In the supporting roles, both Harris, as the hardened agent and Bettany as Nash's unconventional friend are also excellent.
Overall, this picture is a must watch for all movie-lovers. Here is a picture that has enough power to influence and change our convictions, for example, hating maths !!


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