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ER creator Michael Crichton directs Academy Award winner Michael Douglas and Genevieve Bujold in a medical thriller.When Dr. Susan Wheeler's (Bujold) best friend slips into a permanent coma during minor surgery, she discovers that healthy people are falling into comas--from which there is no recovery--during unnecessary operations at her hospital. And then she discovers the horrifying reason why.Based on the novel by Robin Cook.]]>
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Most people quite naturally experience an overwhelming fear of being defenseless and vulnerable while at the mercy of a hospital staff when they are admitted for surgery. Crichton explores this tendency of ours to suffer anxiety and apprehension at this prospect without being exploitative. He carefully crafts a believable scenario and we soon become caught in the same tangled web as the lead character Dr. Susan Wheeler, played marvelously by Genevieve Bujold. Wheeler is a bright, strong willed, liberated woman who supports herself and can withstand a challenge from her current boyfriend Dr. Mark Bellows, well played by Michael Douglas. Crichton received both critical praise and public criticism for the movie's portrayal of such an emancipated heroine, a role which has fortunately become more standard in the years that have followed.
When Wheeler's friend Mary is admitted to the hospital for an abortion Mary expresses her fears to Wheeler who assures her it is a routine operation and that she shouldn't feel a need to worry. Something does go wrong with the operation however and Mary falls into a coma, shortly afterward she dies. This event doesn't seem possible to Wheeler and out of curiousity she reviews Mary's medical records and notices inconsistencies and inquires about them.Read more ›
Coma despite being an "old" movie by many standards, is surprisingly fascinating on DVD. Crichton gets good performances from the whole cast, with Genevieve Bujold, in particular, reminding us of what a fine actress she can be. As a doctor suspicious of certain goings-on in her hospital but disbelieved by everyone around her, she shows courage and determination (without ever losing her femininity) which is welcome in a female lead. She finds herself forced to question her own sense of perspective, even her sanity, as she struggles to uncover the mystery of comatose patients that surround her.
There's one sizeable twist towards the latter half of the movie, but you generally know what's going to happen. The beauty of this movie is in the overall execution -- it's VERY well done.
Recommended rental. Especially for the medically inclined.
The extras are slim; we get the trailer and both the widescreen and standard versions of the movie. No director's commentary or observations from the cast; no "making of" documentary (or promo fluff piece for that matter). Which is a pity as this fine thriller does deserve better but then that was SOP when DVD's started coming out.
You can't argue with the price nor with Crichton's direction. He really never got any better than this as a director (although there are a couple of films like The Great Train Robbery that hold up to this and Westworld). Crichton isn't a great film director (he's a better writer) but he gets the job done. Coma will keep you guessing.
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Profit at all cost without any ethics create this monster hospital whose aim this to harvest the human organs without any regards for the human lives. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Stacy
This is an old thriller but its really a quite lazy Sunday movie to me. I like this flick because it was one of the first movie since Bette Davis that a women was strong and the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by tracey
Is in a Boston hospital setting. Genevieve Bujold's character is the driving force in this suspense thriller. It is a nail-biter. It's her movie all the way.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Mary Sigley
I picked this film to write about in my Art History class at UMUC. I watched it when I was younger and it is still a good film.Published 2 months ago by Margarita M. Bowks
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