Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Beautiful Mind (2001)


I have seen a lot of movies in my time, but this movie just took me by storm. Its uniqueness, ironically enough because it was based on a real life situation was a refreshing change from the usual Hollywood blockbuster. This movie provided a brilliant (pardon the pun) insight into many aspects of a genius at work. A Beautiful Mind was by far the most original, intelligent and entertaining movie I have ever seen. And this from a movie I didn't expect big things from. It was truly worthy of the Oscar, and Russell Crowe was definitely the most deserving of this production team to miss out on the highest accolade.

Ron Howard does an amazing job of engaging his audience, introducing a brilliant main character, and making the audience experience the reality of mental illness. Because of the quality of the acting and directing, this movie is a beacon of hope for people of all disabilities. The film illustrates to the viewer how deeply a handicap can infiltrate the domestic, professional, and personal lives of those unfortunate to have these types of issues.

A Beautiful Mind will be considered one of the best biopics ever. It is dramatic, descriptive, detailed, reflective, enthusiastic, heroic and in all, a beautiful film. 10/10.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Starring: Rusell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connely, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, Christopher Plummer. 
  • Distributed by: Universal Pictures (United States), Dream Works Pictures (Worldwide) 
  • Release dates: December 13, 2001 (Beverly Hills premiere), December 21, 2001 (United States)
  • Running time: 135 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $58 million
  • Box office: $313,542,341
  • IMDb Ratings: 8.2/10

In 1947, John Nash (Crowe) arrives at Princeton University. He is co-recipient, with Martin Hansen (Lucas), of the prestigious Carnegie Scholarship for mathematics. At a reception, he meets a group of other promising math and science graduate students, Richard Sol (Goldberg), Ainsley (Jason Gray-Stanford), and Bender (Rapp). He also meets his roommate Charles Herman (Bettany), a literature student.
Nash approaches his old friend and rival, Martin Hansen, now head of the Princeton mathematics department, who grants him permission to work out of the library and audit classes. Years pass and as Nash grows older, he learns to ignore his hallucinations and earns the privilege of teaching again.
In 1994, Nash is honored by his fellow professors for his achievement in mathematics, and goes on to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his revolutionary work on game theory. The movie ends as Nash and Alicia leave the auditorium in Stockholm; Nash sees Charles, Marcee, and Parcher standing to one side and watching him.


A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

One of my favorite line. "Mathematicians won the war. Mathematicians broke the Japanese codes...and built the A-bomb. Mathematicians, like you. The stated goal of the Soviets is global Communism. In medicine or economics...in technology or space...battle lines are being drawn. To triumph, we need results...publishable, applicable results. Now who among you will be the next Morse? The next Einstein? Who among you will be the vanguard of democracy...freedom, and discovery? Today, we bequeath America's future into your able hands."


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