John Nash is a mathematician and Nobel Laureate. This film takes a look at parts of his life, from his early days as a graduate student, through his Cold War work as a codebreaker. Unfortunately for him, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, which manifested itself as him imagining things which were not there. After years of nursing by his wife, he regained control of his mind, and was eventually honoured for his breakthrough work.
Ian Douglas: Okay, for the first time since I started rating movies for this site, I have handed out 5 stars. Some American critics
rated this as ''average'', but when reading their reviews, it becomes clear that they felt the movie did not cover enough of Nash's life
(his apparent bisexuality, his wife's affair). These ommissions were dictated by his family.
They thus downgraded their ratings (odd that they didn't do the same with ''Ali''). From my point of view, I found it to be compelling
viewing. It is certainly NOT everyone's cup of tea -- action junkies and the teen rom-com crowd should skip this, but if you are
looking for intelligent adult drama, this is a must-see. Crowe's performance is outstanding. The film has been something of a
sleeper hit in the US. After a shaky start and bad marketing, word-of-mouth kept it in the Top Ten, and then the Golden Globes
and Oscar nominations kept it chugging along -- to well over $100 million (which is more than Black Hawk Down...).
Nash's comments are frequently witty, showing a sharp sense of humour, and the film does get emotional at times. Stay for the
song over the end titles, a haunting number by Charlotte Church.
Hussein Dudhia (47): I have not been so rivetted during a movie as this magnum opus! The direction, script and storyline and most of all Russell Crowe's acting were BRILLIANT! A deserving Oscar indeed!
Imraan Parker (21): Excellent movie, but I found it to drag a bit at certain scenes.
Paresh Bhima (27): Russell Crowe deserves the Oscar for his superb performance.