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Review Of "Awakenings"

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The movie “Awakenings” is a touching movie with a touching plot line and characterization. The movie tries to show how one doctor will do anything to help people who have not experienced life in any regards. “Awakenings” helps us understand why we must be willing to challenge conventional wisdom to help those in need. This movie is an inspiring story about a doctor willing to push the limits, it is best examined through the plot line, the characterization, and some of the drawbacks of the movie Awakenings.
The movie begins in 1920 with a young Leonard Lowe showing outwards signs of disease still yet unknown. The movie then jumps to 1969, where Dr. Malcolm Sayer works at a Chronic Hospital in New York City. During his time at the hospital, he begins to have a theory that people suffering from post-encephalitis can be cured, so he begins his experiments to prove his theory. After his tests, he believes that a drug named L-DOPA will help his patients, he gives Leonard the drug and he wakes up, which convinces the hospital donors to give more money, and in the end all of Sayer’s patients wake up. However, the medicine begins to wear off, and the condition returns, in the end all the patients return into their cationic state.
The plot line has very high points of emotional distress, but there is also times of light hearted fun to relieve the pressure of the conflict. In the first scene of the movie we are back into 1920s New York, with Leonard and his friends, but Leonard is suffering from the encephalitis disease, and the subsequent aftermath of his disease. The movie then moves on to Dr Sayer who is hired just out of convenience for the hospital. We then move on over an unspecific period of time as Dr Sayer is at the hospital, but he is making progress with his patients. Second, there is an underlying love story with Dr Sayer and his nurse Eleanor. However, the relationship is one of awkwardness, but then it develops into one of budding love. Dr Sayer is also being faced with enormous difficulty from his coworkers who believe that he is crazy because he believes that the patients are able to overcome their disability. The story then moves back to Leonard and his mom and the difficulty they face. However, the mom is too focused on his previous state, when Leonard is given the drug he starts forgetting her and focusing on a woman that comes to the hospital. The plot has a few light hearted moments, such as when Eleanor comes in a pulls the nurses off the soap opera, or the various scenes of using outside forces instead of the drug to force responses out of the patients. However, the movie is full of sadness, but with only small moments of happiness, which only turn back into sadness due to the nature of the incident. Overall, the plot line takes us on a wild ride that will make us feel that we have lived the story ourselves.
However, the plot line has several aspects that were never answered during the course of the movie. The first major drawback...

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