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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful:
Solid rainforest drama, 9 December 2001
Author: discogoth from Toronto, Canada
When this movie came out in 1992, many critics seemed to feel that it was
mediocre, or average at best. Even as a hardcore Connery fan I avoided the
film simply based on a handful of reviews I had read in the media at the
Fast forward nearly ten years and the mixed reviews here on imdb reinforced my apathy towards the film. It wasn't until I borrowed a copy through a local library that I finally watched the movie just now, and I fail to see why it's supposedly not up to par. I thought it was a fine film in most respects: the storytelling was good, the dialogue was snappy, the cinematography was wonderful, and it had a positive message. It's not an action movie, but I never felt bored at all...if anything, it was a refreshing change of pace and scenery, and Sean Connery continues to astound me with his versatility. His acting was superb, which is not really a big suprise, but he seemed more into this role than some others I've seen him in. Even the wig and ponytail looked real!
Like a lot of other people, I found Lorraine Bracco's character quite annoying, almost insufferable at certain points, but that's the whole point: her character is supposed to be like that, and the truth is that if she didn't come across as so irritating then that would have been failed acting skills on her part. I think she did a great job at being annoying, which is what she was supposed to do. I imagine that if you took some ivy league lab rat scholar and dumped them right in the middle of a situation and place that's totally foreign to them, you'd probably get a reaction like the one she portrayed. I found the two leads had a good chemistry, and the constant tension and conflict between them was very convincing and helped to propel the story along.
All in all an enjoyable film, but some of the other aspects could have and should have been expanded. I felt that they spent too much time searching the trees for the plant they needed, and the whole conflict with the developers was thrown in at too late a juncture. These aren't major failings however, so I'd recommend the film to anyone looking for something a bit different, and it's a must for any Connery fan. Don't wait ten years to see it simply because some critics didn't think it was a masterpiece. Screw the critics!
31 out of 36 people found the following review useful:
Medicine Man comments, 3 May 2005
Author: kate1031 from United States
In this day and age of too much reality, this movie shows reality on a
grand scale. Toned down with a romantic story. Connery and Bracco are a
matched team working in harness, plus the fact of the disappearing rain
forests, allows this movie to work for me. I have seen it 9 times in
the past 13 years and each time it is a pleasure to watch. Goldsmith's
score is the icing on the cake. This is a believable plot. But then I
was raised up on movies since 1935 and I wish there were more movies
The scene in the trees is like a ballet. There is a real story here and I personally like the whole mix.
28 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
McTiernan excellently weaves science, ethics and humor in this story about the search for a cancer cure in the jungle, 19 December 2003
Author: rmiranda-1 from Zwijndrecht, Netherlands
A fine movie, not to be judged on the basis of Hollywood's usual recipe
for storytelling. The eccentric scientist Robert Campbell (Connery) who
has found a cure for cancer out in the jungle is not able to reproduce
its exact composition. Biologist Rae Crane (Bracco) biologist has
dropped in from academia to be his judge and jury and decide on
Campbell's continued funding.
The film pays a fair amount of attention to scientific detail (such as "running baselines" and using "experimental controls") interspersing it throughout with lively and shrewd exchanges between Campbell and Crane. To that they add mildly sarcastic observations on field work and fund-raising committees. Whilst this scientific sub-story line runs along, we are shown glimpses of life in a sympathetic tribe for which Campbell has become a sort of sugar daddy. Ethics and personal choice confront both scientists as they struggle with the decision to reserve the last bit of serum either for the good of humanity or the life of one of the tribe's children.
McTiernan has weaved all these elements excellently and Connery and Bracco play their roles so convincingly that you could be excused for thinking they may have scientific backgrounds in real life.
The film is a feast for educated people - which is probably the reason why many of the critics have missed the fine points and proceeded to rattle off some vitriolic commentary more aimed, in my view, at self-aggrandizement than constructive film criticism. One even complained that Medicine Man didn't quite match up to Die Hard. Now there is a proper comparison for you.
20 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
Superb Score, Superb Movie, 29 August 2004
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA
I've never understood why this movie is so poorly received. Sure, Lorraine Bracco is a bit shrill. No one said she came from a "high class" family, just that she was marrying well. My sister-in-law is a scientist with NIH and she came from humble roots. That Bracco got through to the tribe's medicine man when Connery had failed was the contrast between the two approaches the "white man" could make toward the natives. Bracco's negotiating skills and stubborn common sense contrasted nicely with Connery's unintentionally patronizing approach. Who COULD have been cast who would have been more convincing as the "civilized" woman "going native". Lauren Hutton, maybe. The solution to the mystery of "compound 37" was a genuine surprise, even though it was partially revealed on two separate occasions. The climax was intensely dramatic, ironic and sad; though, it too helped usher in the satisfying conclusion. Jerry Goldsmith's superb score raises what is already an outstanding movie. I don't care about anyone else's opinion. For me, "Medicine Man" is a "10".
18 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
I shouldn't have been surprised by this sleeper, 23 October 1998
Author: JerBear-2 from Ouachita National Forest
A marvelous screenplay and great performances made this one of the better pictures of '92. The plot held my attention without the use of car chases or blowing up the superdome. Interesting, moving and intelligent.
13 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Medicine Man, 21 November 2002
Author: presley-4 from Red Bud, IL
The "Medicine Man" is set in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest which
become home to the eccentric Dr. Robert Campbell (Sean Connery), a
biochemist doing field research. In befriending the natives and studying
the `Tribal Witch Doctor' (Angelo Barra Moreira), he has accidentally
discovered the cure for cancer from a flower extract that grows wild in
rainforest. He is assisted by Dr. Rae Crane (Lorraine Bracco) in trying
unsuccessfully to duplicate the formula, before the commercial loggers
in and destroy his hope for a cure. Dr. Crane comes to the jungle with
motive of pulling the research grant for the project, as Dr. Campbell has
been uncooperative with the bureaucracy.
Coming to the jungle with guilt and regret from a prior research trip,
`Morcara,' his work becomes his life, escaping reality and trying to
compensate for the devastation he experienced. It was interesting to see
how the natives accepted him, brought him into their `circle.' They
accepted his medical knowledge and entwined it with their superstitions
natural remedies. He became so protective of the tribe, respecting their
way of life, and customs that they come to trust him and call him the
The movie was released on February 7, 1992 and while the work of Director
John McTierman, was different than his other movies "Hunt for Red
or the "Predator," Sean Connery played out the part well. The sound of
voice is always welcomed. I've seen him in stronger parts, but I cannot
anyone taking his place beside Lorraine Bracco. The knowledge and wisdom
the experienced is passed to the inexperienced.
I liked the environmental message that the director sent. The scenery
great from the tree top scenes to the trip through the jungle and the
waterfalls. Anytime elements of nature can be used to heal the human
or someone can survive in the jungle by utilizing the natural habitat is
wonderful thing. It shows us everything actually depends on the natural
creation of the earth from which it came.
9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Bravo Bracco & Connery!, 27 July 2007
Author: cherub439 from United States
This movie is definitely on my list of the top ten - all time! I obviously enjoyed it enough to comment, 15 years later. I looked it up just out of curiosity because it is one of my favorites. I can't believe that it didn't get better ratings or awards. Lorraine Bracco and Sean Connery both did a phenomenal job and no matter how many times I watch this movie, I find it to be extremely touching and entertaining. I cannot believe Bracco was nominated by RAZZIE for the worst actress. Who are these people? Anyway, BRAVO Bracco & Connery! The world needs more movies such as these, instead of the blood and gore, violence etc. we see each day now!
12 out of 19 people found the following review useful:
Good film, pay attention, 10 January 2004
Author: Poe-17 from usa
Killer, non-blockbuster (they can't all be, and shouldn't all be, box office
smashes - there has to be room for really good small films)
Apparently a lot of watchers of this film spent a lot of viewing time
yawning or chatting because most of their complaints are addressed in the
course of the film.
This isn't a high concept story. It doesn't need explosions and chest beating, flash and deafening sounds to keep your attention.
Scary if you think about it. Horrifying if you keep up with rare botanicals and disease.
Absolutely last note as to the film's worthiness ... Sean Connery.
12 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
outstanding movie unlike any other, funny exciting sad and inspirational(not in a preachy sort of way.), 12 June 2004
Author: Megpie1017 from Wisconsin, USA
This movie was great I have seen it about 5 times. Some people don't like this movie and that is because it is unlike any other out there. Also it's about the environment I'm not a big environmentalist and you don't have to be to enjoy this movie, but I don't think some people like that it is also about protecting the rain forest. But that is not all it is about it has a great story line, and also the acting is amazing. The characters really unfold you see why DR. Campbell is the way he is, although both people don't like each other in the beginning it is obvious that they are exactly what the other needs. The movie is great you don't have to be into the rain forest to enjoy it because there is a great story in front of the science information. This movie is exciting, funny sad and inspirational (but not in a preachy sort of way.) BOTTOM LINE: This movie is definitely worth watching you should give it a chance you will like it
4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
A moving film with a real message, not your stock-standard Hollywood flick., 14 October 2005
Author: dbrad86 from Australia
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I find this an excellent film staring Sean Connery and Lorraine Barcco,
I've watched it over a dozen times. The film highlights issues of
natural destruction that were very important during the 90s,
particularly the destruction of rain forest and pervasiveness of
Western civilisation upon small cultural societies.
Its a film thats been poorly received, partially I think, because it deviates from the "Hollywood" film that audiences expect to get from director John McTierman whose other titles include 'Predator'. The character Dr. Rae Crane (Lorraine Bracco) has not been received well by many audiences, some reviewers labeling her as a poor love interest/heroine. This is too simplistic and reliant on the stock standard structure of a "Hollywood" film. 'Medicine Man' is a film much more grounded in reality than it is in the aesthetically touched up films of "Hollywood" starting a lustful actress whose function is to provide a predictable love affair that undercuts the films plot. Cinematically 'Medicine Man' appears more like a documentary than a Hollywood film. It has no expensive sets, or perfected hair and makeup. The half naked natives are real, not America's ideal female body; the Amazon jungle in many shots is not the perfect 'sunset' look at nature that an idealistic 'Hollywood' film might produce; Dr Ray Crane is a character with a coarse voice, she's intelligent, wears unattractive glasses and loose fit clothing. At the lack of conforming to an 'ideal' and predictable character, Dr Ray Crane is more real. All of these help this film to diverge away from your typical 'Hollywood' structure and allow this film to present something real and informative about natural destruction which we might otherwise turn a blind eye towards.
If your looking for something informative and moving that's grounded in reality, I highly recommend this film. However, if you can't stand a film without the fast paced action, or the predictable fall in love at the end plot, be wary.
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