Thursday, 14 September 2017

Review: Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon is a made-for-TV film of the classic sci-fi book of the same name.  Charlie (Modine) is someone of sub-normal intelligence and he's offered the chance of increasing it through surgical intervention.

The story is an interesting one raising ethical questions about the treatment of the disabled, the role of intellectual intelligence in happiness and whether there is a trade off between intellect and emotional intelligence.

Modine isn't really an actor I've paid much attention of before, but he brings sensitivity to this emotional  tale as does Williams. From memory, there were some significant changes from the book which was probably unfilmable in the original form, but overall this is a good translation to the screen.

Verdict: Thoughtful ethics story.

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