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Antwone Fisher (2002)

Inspired by a true story.

Original Title : Antwone Fisher
Director : Denzel Washington
Writer : Antwone Fisher
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Todd Black , Antwone Fisher , Randa Haines , Nancy Paloian , Chris Smith (XV) , Denzel Washington , Gina White
Music : Mychael Danna
Photography : Philippe Rousselot
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for violence, language and mature thematic material involving child abuse.
IMDB ID : 0168786
Official site : http://www.foxfrance.com/films/antwone_fisher/index.html
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Antwone Fisher (2002) - Denzel Washington
 

Starring

Derek Luke Antwone Fisher
Malcolm David Kelley Antwone Fisher Age 7
Cory Hodges I
Denzel Washington Jerome Davenport
Joy Bryant Cheryl
Salli Richardson Berta
Leonard Earl Howze Pork Chop
Leonard Earl Howze Pork Chop
 

Plot

A sailor (Derek Luke) prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist (Washington) for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew.
 

Comments

A classic `grab at your heart' story about a troubled young man's life and search for happiness. The protagonist, Antwone Fisher is played by the up and coming young actor, Derek Luke.Luke is a young sailor, filled with rage, easily provoked, and often unable to control his emotional outbursts.His temper soon earns him several mandatory sessions with a naval psychiatrist, played by Denzel Washington (he also directed the film).Early on, their personalities clash, but eventually Washington unlocks the two sources of Luke's anger-an abusive childhood and a pervading fear of being abandoned. The film takes us on a journey of Luke's life, one marked by periods of intense loneliness and sadness while being driven by a constant search (an obsession) for family.It is through Luke's life that we learn that perseverance can carry us through the periods of darkness and eventually deliver some form of happiness By counseling and befriending Luke, Washington enables him to deal with his lifelong sadness and move on. When the film wants to grab at your heart, it succeeds with good writing and convincing performances by Luke and Washington.In a graphic abuse scene from Luke's childhood, Washington artistically and gutterly insures that we not only empathize with Antwone, we personally experience his helplessness.This scene, which showcases Washington's directorial skill, places Luke in a full frontal position, trembling, with the whites of his eyes looking directly at the camera (the viewer).Anyone watching the screen can't help but be mesmerized by the abject fear in Luke's eyes. As the film progresses, Washington, the director, introduces two minor twists to the plot.The first highlights Luke's reluctance to trust as he begins dating for the first time.This sub-point is purposeful and displays the infinite lingering effects of Luke's childhood on his adulthood.The second involves martial (family) problems within the psychiatrist's life which, while ironic, is never developed. Much like his performance as a compassionate lawyer in Philadelphia, Denzel Washington's screen presence in Antwone Fisher commands our attention and emotions, leaving few dry eyes in the theater. This film's writing, direction and acting exposes our souls and grabs our hearts.
 
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