This movie provided a brilliant pardon the pun insight into many aspects of a genius at work. The general public knows schizophrenics tend to talk to themselves, repeat certain actions and do things generally at odds with the norm. When Nash imagines that someone is going to harm Alicia, he lunges at her -- and only through his eyes do we see how a seemingly senseless act of violence is a gesture of love, filtered through the smog of delusion. She helps Nash to open up and eventually discover love. I like Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise etc, but I wouldn't be able to pinpoint a classic actor's performance. Now, amidst his work and relationship, Nash is suddenly thrown into a whirlwind of emotions and disbeliefs as he is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But Russell Crowe in this film showed me what it was like to act in a way where I was in awe of his skill in playing this character, especially when considering the extreme difference from characters in his other movies such as the Gladiator and The Insider. Nash is later on introduced to Sylvia played by the lovely Jennifer Connely , a physics student attending his classes. Enter William Parcher played by Ed Harris , a shadowy and mysterious agent working for the Department of Defense. A Beautiful Mind was by far the most original, intelligent and entertaining movie I have ever seen. Parcher, after realizing Nash's ability to see mathematical and geometrical patterns everywhere, approaches Nash with a mission that involves national security. Superbly directed, wonderfully acted by Crowe and cast, this film succeeds on every level.
The scene that follows, culminating with Nash's realization that his delusions are indeed a false reality is brilliant. Russell Crowe was one of the big reasons this movie was so brilliant. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. Its also a very heartbreaking thing. But, I think that maybe it started out as just a crush, you know, and the math question she showed him was just her excuse for going to his office and she already knew she was going to ask him out before hand.
A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. There's never any question about the authenticity of his character. Would not surprise me at all if he were to win his second Best Actor Oscar in March 2002. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. But that just proves Ron Howard's genius in creating a picture of insanity indistinguishable from reality.
Storyline : From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. Maybe she's just attracted to the kind of person Nash is? And I guess if you love someone as much as Alicia loved John, then you would stick with them through anything. Its not like any other movie I've ever seen, in that a character exists that is not real. His delusions are as real as reality to Nash, and likewise, they are real to the audience, who cannot tell the difference between truth and delusion. Instead of spending two and a half hours watching George Clooney and Matt Damon rob casinos or Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore dealing with their problems in New Foundland, I found myself pulled into another kind of story, a powerful, emotional story of how one man learned to battle his own demons and dazzle the world. Nash grows more and more paranoid until a discovery that turns his entire world upside down. Anyone who has been close to the frailties of the human mind will appreciate how respectfully and honestly this film approaches the subject.
When you're around someone you like so much you can't help but be fooled by them. After graduate school he turns to teaching, becoming romantically involved with his student Alicia. Before seeing this movie, I must admit that I was a bit afraid that casting such a well-known actor as Russell Crowe as the main character would ruin the image of John Nash, forcing the viewer to see Crowe, rather than Nash. And when Crowe and Connelly are put together, extraordinary chemistry erupts, they just gel together, they really belong with one another. While love is a common basis in most movies, the interaction of this theme with other aspects of the plot was planned phenomenlly.
He dedicates his time to numbers and equations, set on to solving every problem at hand, rather than mingling with co-students on the football field or in the pub. Crowe will get at least another Oscar nomination out of this one. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. Its uniqueness, ironically enough because it was based on a real life situation was a refreshing change from the usual Hollywood blockbuster. I can't really explain it, but I can understand why she still asked him to dinner. And the same goes for Ed Harris.
Perhaps politics played a bigger part than I previously would have thought. They are not merely acting, yet are transformed into the characters, leaving no trace of a line between their part and reality. A Beautiful Mind does all it can to change that, and it succeeds. He really is that good. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his tragedy, and finally - late in life - received the Nobel Prize. The psychology of the movie was intriguing, the mathematical philosophies was actually realistic from my own experience, and the icing on the cake making the movie stand out was surprisingly the humanistic side of Love. We express this same impatience with the criminally insane who act upon delusions with disastrous results.