A Beautiful Mind

Directed by Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense thematic material, sexual content and a scene of violence.

Review by Eugene Kopman <eugene@filmhead.com>
February 9, 2002

Let me begin by saying that I hate Russell Crowe as a person. He is, simply, a dick, but unfortunately for the Hollywood community, he is a great actor. He proves his acting ability, once again, in this film.

Crowe is John Nash, a mathematical genius, who got a full scholarship to Princeton University on account of his knowledge. Nash is a quiet fellow who is slightly antisocial.

At Princeton, John's one goal is to come up with an original idea. During a night at a bar, he comes up with a revolutionary idea that will forever change game theory. This leads him to great success in a field of mathematics and lands him a job at a government facility at MIT under the condition of him teaching math there. During the teaching of one of his classes he meets Alicia (Jennifer Connelly), a student who takes a romantic interest in John. They start dating, and eventually get married.

After successfully breaking a code on behalf of the US Government, John meets agent Parcher (Ed Harris), who needs John to break more codes in a magazine. Then Dr. Rosen (Christopher Plummer) explains to Alicia that John is a paranoid schizophrenic. This makes Nash completely paranoid and he is put into a mental institution. Nash goes on to win the Nobel Prize but it is his struggle with his mind that makes this movie so unique and powerful. This movie takes us on a true emotional roller coaster.

The brilliance of this movie lies in two aspects. The first is Ron Howard's ability to create a vision of the schizophrenic mind, something that has never before been done so vividly. The second is in the actors' ability. Crowe lives the life of Nash, erasing the line between actor and character. Jennifer Connelly is a wife trying to save her relationship with her schizophrenic husband. Ed Harris is great, as always. Kudos also goes to Paul Bettany, Nash's wild college roommate, Charles.

This is definitely one of the best films of 2001 and will most likely get a nomination for the film, director, and actors at this year's Oscars. If you want to see a great film with Russell Crowe, see this movie, not Gladiator.

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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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