"People have forgotten what life is all about. They've forgotten what it is to be alive. They need to be reminded. They need to be reminded of what they have and what they can lose. What I feel is the joy of life, the gift of life, the freedom of life, the wonderment of life!" -Leonard Lowe
Some cheesy lines here and there but overall a very rewarding film. The acting from WIlliams and DeNiro is both wonderful and story is fascinating. Had the film had some more interesting shot selections, then it might fully grabbed me but overall I have to say I liked it a lot. The ending is very sad.
No one better to comment on this than the late, great Dr. Sacks himself: "I think it was uncanny the way things were incorporated. At other levels I think things were sort of sentimentalized and simplified somewhat." Zaillian's hammy script and Marshall's predictably broad strokes do the material, the actors and the patients a great disservice.
ok yes, this is schmaltzy but the science and the people behind it are so incredibly interesting that i can never get tired of this movie, ever. period. the soundtrack is amazing, including randy newman's score, fine performances by robin williams that's incredibly sedated (unlike in GWH) and robert de niro, a great supporting cast like Max von Sydow, Julie Kavner, Anne Meera, and Peter Stormare. LOVE this film!
"What we do know is that, as the chemical window closed, another awakening took place; that the human spirit is more powerful than any drug - and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter. This is what we'd forgotten - the simplest things."
the story itself already giving you that hint of indescribable sadness, i feel a bit depressed knowing all the patients later coming back to the state where they were before after being healed/awaken just for awhile.. really great depressing Hollywood movie.. though a bit uncanny.
A film with undyingly poignant performances that left this viewer in tears more than one during its duration. The film may be over two decades old, but both Robert De Niro and Robin Williams are fantastic as patient and doctor, going through a tale that more or less mirrors the happiness and sadness of life itself -- yet providing a much needed glimpse for encephalitis patients of how beautiful life can be.