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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Written By Awir Aditya on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | 10:38 AM

Genre: Drama

Starring: Russell
Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris

John Nash (Crowe) is a mathematical genius studying at Princeton University. Probably capable of solving any possible logical or mathematical problem put forward to him, the only thing he cant solve is the logic behind love. He finally befriends his student Alicia (Connelly) and ends up marrying her. John secretly works for William Partcher (Harris) at the US Department of Defense and is an authorised code-breaker assigned a top secret project involving the diffusion of Russion nuclear weaponry. John gets paranoid about getting caught by the Russians and starts behaving erratically. Alicia reports these behaviours to the doctors, who later diagnose him for Schizophrenia. His entire military 'job' including Partcher and his office, seem to be a figment of his imagination, to the extent that even his room-mate at Princeton and his niece were also found out to be non-existent. Therapy proves to be difficult, and life for Alicia too turns out to be frustrating, with her having to manage a new born child, and a mentally ill husband. The movie is based on a true story of John Foster Nash, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics. Russel Crowe plays a role starkly different from what he usually does. A sensational piece of acting which probably could not have been done any better. The movie trudges along at its own pace, and one needs to give it time. All that said and done, the movie closes in a beautiful manner and that's when you realise the reason behind the Oscar.

Rating: 8.0/10
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