This one falls short on pretty much every level, from the acting to the pacing to the tone. This movie really speaks to the experiences that the real life person would have Acting was phenomenal, and the plot delivery was executed well. Is it an emotional heart-tugger or an impactful deconstruction of its subject — something in the likes of Spotlight? How much license are you comfortable with? Seeing someone will always invoke empathy. Which way does the wind blow for this one? Suddenly, with no prior history of mental illness, Susannah suffers a breakdown, starts hallucinating and having seizures. Brain on Fire Gets the Point Across image via Variety The first and second acts have a sense of direction. And so with the character we thought was our anchor gone, the film drifts away from the audience just at the point when it should be its most compelling.
Chloë Grace Moretz took , one that took serious acting chops. Their interactions with Susannah fleshed her out more and added some. That trend has long since been retired. The film follows the harrowing experience of a writer struggling with a rare neurological disease from when she first suffers symptoms to the many attempts at diagnosing it and the eventual discovery of the real cause of her illness. A D Films Canada , Broad Green Pictures U. The film even introduces a laughably unnecessary voiceover early in which Susannah informs the audience that she works at the New York Post and enjoys doing so as we watch her work at the New York Post and enjoy doing so. International sales: Mister Smith Entertainment, London.
Her story is one of hope in total despair. I mean for me i wish the movie was a bit longer. And though she tries to minimize the condition and carry on, the behavior escalates, soon becoming out of control. We know that as the quality of these movies is far from proportionate to the quantity, however, the company tries to take care of the issue by acquiring rights from what they find at. Susannah presents an opportunity to go incredibly broad. Initially, the film plays like The Exorcist if all the doctors telling Regan that she was suffering from a brain disorder were right.
J Dix, Beth Kono, Lindsay MacAdam, Rob Merilees, Charlize Theron. The filmmakers believed the tragedy alone was enough. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival back in 2016 and later joined. It reveals itself in the worst of moments that matter to the character. Over the span of just a few weeks Susannah begins to experience: shortness of breath, exhaustion, numbness in extremities, visual and auditory hallucinations, loss of mental acuity, paranoia, seizures, and more.
Dakota Fanning was originally cast in the role of Susannah, with scheduling conflicts leading to Moretz replacing her. This movie was completely inspiring on so many dimensions. So obviously the end of the movie will depict what happened in reality. And although I do think the actress got a chance to shine, the execution leaves us with untapped potential. In the end, we remain waiting. It also helps that in the third act, Dr.
Every medical professional introduced is almost a parody of an ignorant, lazy pencil pusher. Too much time and special effects spent on trying to represent the visions and voices she experienced. At times you even get a feeling the people who care for Susannah are more impacted. Video of Arrested Development - The Literal Doctor When the disease is in full thrall, Brian on Fire becomes marginally more interesting only because the disease is interesting. The supporting cast is fine, but each character falls to neatly into boxes labelled with their archetypes. With no diagnosis apparent, she and her loved ones are left without hope of recovery. Parents are shown to be supportive, willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to get results.
Synopsis Directed By: Gerard Barrett Written By:Gerard Barrett Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Thomas Mann, , Carrie-Anne Moss, and Richard Armitage A story based on a true story, Susannah Cahalan Moretz has her whole life figured out. You halfway expect her to start floating in her bed at some point. Spiraling in the way of work and relationships, she tries to fight it as best she can. Initially suspected to be everything from exhaustion you know how those young girls like to party to bipolar disorder to schizophrenia, Susannah continues to struggle, eventually falling into a catatonic state before doctors can dig deep and figure out the real cause of her illness. Susannah was a 21-year-old New York Times journalist who was hospitalized after she was almost lost to an autoimmune illness when the medical system failed her.
Parents need to know that Brain on Fire is a movie based on Susannah Cahalan's same-named memoir. » Let me start by stating I gave this movie a 10. What helps mitigate this cynicism is the knowledge that Susannah Cahalan is a real person, who had to sign off on this portrayal of her. The effort to establish a bond between the viewer and the characters is cheap. The negative comments are beyond my understanding.