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05 April 2002

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Film review:- A Beautiful Mind.
As the tagline says; "He Saw The World In A Way No One Could Have Imagined." This film is sad in some ways as in unhappy.  The film is based on the real life of a genius mathematician called John Nash.   John Nash is played by Russell Crowe, who deliverers a believable and powerful performance.  The first half  is set in the early part of his life, as a gifted young student studying in Princeton University in the late 1940s.  Then it changes and takes a new turn into a spy thriller, or is it?   William Parcher (played by Ed Harris) then enters the plot.  He is a very shadowy and mysterious agent working for the Department of Defense.  Parcher, after realizing John's ability to see mathematical and geometrical patterns everywhere, approaches Nash with a mission that involves national security!   John is then introduced to Sylvia (played by the lovely Jennifer Connely), a physics student attending his classes. She helps John then opens up and eventually discover love, but at what cost?    He is then suddenly diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. and his world is changed for ever.  John then goes on to win a Nobel Prize for work on game theory.  This is a wonderful insight in to the whelm of a schizophrenic and I wasn't actually planning on going to see this film and now glad I did.  The words to praise this film find the dictionary lacking some what.  This film deserves a higher rating then I have given it, but as it is badly advertised and also heavy going I decided to say four out of five rather than five out of five.  It is very heavy going and is not recommended if you don't like long films!   Rated 12 due to sexual content and a scene of violence.

Actors, first credits only:- Russell Crowe as John Forbes Nash, Jr; Ed Harris as William Parcher, Jennifer Connelly as Alicia Nash, Christopher Plummer as Dr. Rosen, Paul Bettany as Charles Herman, Adam Goldberg as Richard Sol, Josh Lucas as Martin Hansen, Vivien Cardone as Marcee, Anthony Rapp as Bender, Jason Gray-Stanford as Ainsley, Judd Hirsch as Professor Helinger, Austin Pendleton as Thomas King, Victor Steinbach as Professor Horner, Tanya Clarke as Becky and Thomas F. Walsh as Captain 

Directed by:- Ron Howard. Novel by:- Sylvia Nasar.  Screenplay:- Akiva Goldsman.

Film Review by Patrick Trollope.

Film Age Rating In The UK
    Runtime:- 134 
 Our verdict 4 stars out of five stars.
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