Saturday, June 14, 2008

One Blink At A Time

The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton etc. was incredibly loud, action-oriented and for the most part it worked. Tim Roth put in a nice performance as the over-the-top villain. There were a few slips in the logic: Banner, who by now has made it clear he's on the move and in hiding, joins another major character on a stroll, in full daylight, through the Culver University campus! The effects were slick and top-notch, and it was fun to see the Captain America backstory worked in, as well as the Iron Man crossover.

For a real movie which in ten minutes contains more emotion and depth than the above, watch The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It's the visually-stunning story, based on the real-life events described in the book by the same name, of Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered from an extremely rare form of paralysis (Locked-In Syndrome) after a massive stroke. The paralysis left his mind active and free to roam but made him unable to move any part of his body--except one eye and an eyelid. Using a system of blinks to spell out letters, he "blink-dictated" the book to his nurse/speech therapist. That he could have achieved such a remarkable task, and that the film-makers have so aesthetically re-interpreted the experience, is another testament to the durability of the human mind and the resilience of human imagination.
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