Tuesday, January 31, 2012

50/50

There is nothing funny about cancer and this movie is not a comedy – it is a drama where the storyline revolves around cancer with some comedic moments.  Joseph Gordan-Levitt plays Adam, a 27 year old who finds out he has a rare form of spine cancer and his chance of survival is 50/50.  His best friend, Kyle, played by Seth Rogan is suppose to be the movies comedy relief, but I found him to be annoying and foul mouthed as ever! (Can he not do one film without cussing up a storm???)  The story essentially settles around Adam as he tries to come to grips with his diagnosis.  It talks about how his friends treat him, how his girlfriend treats him, how his parents treat him, and how his therapist treats him.  You see him go through the basics of chemo, eating pot laced cookies, and trying to ignore the situation the best he can while it’s staring him right in the face.  This movie didn’t “wow” me and it didn’t depress me.  There was one moment that I thought the movie finally touched on some raw human emotion, and that was at the end.  For some people, it may not be a movie to watch because it hits too close to home, for others, if you are a fan of Joseph Gordan-Levitt, you might enjoy this.  But otherwise, I would give it a 50/50 review – it could’ve been better but it was ok for what it was.

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