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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Weekly Movie Review (Awakenings)


"How kind is it to give life, only to take it away?" - Dr. Sayer (Robin Williams), Awakenings

Based on a true story, "Awakenings" masterfully evokes every imaginable emotion one could possibly express. You'll feel inspired, you'll feel desperate; you'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll find it was worth every minute.

Starring Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer, Robert De Niro as Leonard Lowe, and Julie Kavner as Eleanor Costello, "Awakenings" tells the story of a group of people who were striken with catatonia after a devestating outbreak of encephalitis.

Malcolm Sayer was a brilliant man... at least when it came to medicine. His personal life, however, suffered as he was terrified of human contact and awkward in his personal relationships. His work with the catatonia victims in his care, partnered with the support of Eleanor - a nurse in the ward -, however, changed things over time.

Dr. Sayer, inspired by the rehabilitating prospects of L-Dopa, a drug used for Parkinson's patients, begins to help his catatonia patients by adminstering this drug to Leonard Lowe, a man in his thirties who has been in a zombie-like state since his teenage years. Leonard miraculously awakens from his catatonic state, offering hope to the rest of the patients' families. Because of his success with Leonard, Dr. Sayer is given permission to test this drug on the rest of the patients in his care. Like Leonard, their recoveries were equally miraculous. Unfortunately, in the world of science and psychiatry, one can never be too sure of the long-term effects associated with drugs (which is why drugs are, I hope, more rigorously tested these days).


"Awakenings" was produced by Columbia Pictures Corporation in December, 1990

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