Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Starring: Alan Rickman, Mos Def, Mary Stuart Masterson, Kyra Sedgwick, Merritt Wever, Doug Olear
Synopsis: The pioneering heart surgery research of Dr. Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.
Great performances from Rickman and Mos Def even though they both mumbled at times. Interesting story, too. I didn't particularly like either character but it was fascinating to watch them solve the problems they encountered with leaps of intuition and handmade tools. It was also interesting to watch them deal with the racial biases of the times. They could have come up with a better title (it refers to a surgical procedure) but it's a good movie and worth watching.
I found it a bit surprising that a surgeon sometimes crafted his own tools. I was also pleasantly surprised that Rickman's version of a Southern accent wasn't too bad. Mos Def's understated performance was excellent and Masterson pulls off aged remarkably well. It's a powerful story and well told and definitely worth seeing.Added 16 October 2004 at 7:56 PM