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Damaged Care (2002)
Damaged Care is an excellent, must see movie which centers around the state of ethics in medical care and what happens when corporations get involved in medical decision making and make the bottom line take precedence over sound medical care. It delivers it's message both intelligently and poignantly, and without any over-dramatization; showing the dilemmas faced by the doctors, as well as, the plight of their patients. The script, acting, and direction were all realistic and superbly done. Laura Dern's performance as Dr. Linda Peeno is totally engrossing and believable. You'll stay riveted to the screen. Go see this movie, but be forewarned: even though most people are aware from the media or their own experience of what's going on today, watching this movie may make you become motivated enough to go out and help change things, if even in some small, personal way.
The Perfect Storm (2000)
Memorable and Haunting
The Perfect Storm is an excellent movie that is both very gripping and disturbing to watch. Although no one can know for sure exactly what went on during the trip, the movie explores what they must have experienced, the decisions they were probably faced with, and the obstacles they had to surmount.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio does a superb job as an extremely worried friend and colleague trying desperately to help. Her delivery is so realistic and has such a sense of immediacy that you feel as though you are standing right beside her, totally engrossed in her dilemma.
George Clooney gives an exceptional and convincing performance as Captain Billy Tyne. He has a subtlety of expression that can speak volumes and easily break your heart. He made me glad I did not have Billy's job. And, although, he needs no words to get his thoughts across, when he does speak, his timing and throaty voice can be totally entrancing.
John Hawkes and Rusty Schwimmer shine. Their reactions are so genuine that you can't help becoming more and more involved, and rooting for them to be happy.
In addition, the music really helped to set the mood, both during and after the movie was over and the credits were rolling. I watched all the credits down to the end, just to keep listening to the music!
I hate to say that I enjoyed this movie because it was so heartrending and about real people engaged in a life and death struggle while trying to earn a living, but I'm glad a movie was made to honor them and all that they and their families went through and other fisherman's families go through every day. Well done and thank you for making it.