A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
2hr15mins (2001) Biography, Drama
A poorly tailored trailer does not begin to describe what is one man’s journey from the heaven of clear thought to the hell of schizophrenia. – Philippe-B (IMDB – 9/10)
Mathematical in its own adaptation of ‘game theory’, it is simply dramatic enough to make its complexity very engaging. Specifically, the Nash equilibrium is a concept where the optimal outcome of a game is one where no player has an incentive to deviate from his chosen strategy after considering an opponent’s choice. Mixing the asocial with cryptography leads to a journey of triumphs and elements of mental illness making it a not so beautiful mind. Going that far for spoilers, nearly twenty years later is it highly regarded due to the realism backed by it.
The science is real but history exaggerated for greater fiction sake, delivers on my powerful scenes by the main character. Russel Crowe really pushes his acting talent like this as various pressures force him to rethink all the algebraic language easy to understand by the viewer. Plus makes you see this esteemed actor in an entirely different beacon of light. You invest in the genius as it is relatively reasonable and you stick around as it develops into something masterfully told.
I recommend it to those who have seen all of the director Ron Howard’s movies because it ranks right at the top for me at least. Ed Harris and Jennifer Connely play their roles with such chemistry, adding to the overall memorability. Pure drama not for everyone but high class in comparison to many others you probably have seen. In conclusion, it’s budget and box office success reflects everything I have said and plenty more in this solid bulky movie worthy of your attention a span.