Flash of Genius
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The Kearns character is the lifeblood of "Flash of Genius." He holds everything together, and that's because the filmmakers develop him far more than any other character. This was done on purpose, I suspect. This is his dream, his effort, his obsession--everyone else is either along for the ride or left standing at the curb. The film's structure is just as narrow-minded as Kearns is, which will be problematic if you want a story that develops all of its characters. I wasn't bothered by it, and that's because I wanted to see things from his perspective. I wanted to understand why he believed so strongly when others didn't. I wanted to be convinced that he was doing the right thing by fighting a gigantic corporation that ripped off his windshield wiper design.Read more ›
When I left the theater and reached the safety of my car, I sobbed uncontrollably! Why? The reason is simple! I can identify with what Dr. Kearns went through, having had a somewhat similar gut-wrenching experience as a whistleblower.
I really don't think most people can begin to understand what it is like to stand up for one's honor and to confront a powerful institution, such as a huge transnational corporation, (or in my case a government agency) - no matter what the personal cost.
Making matters even more difficult is that many politicians with a conservative bent love to turn the issue of litigation awards into a political football! Oh, how rich and powerful institutions are the "victims" of shady lawyers and questionable plaintiffs, they cry! But what these unethical politicians don't tell you is the mind-boggling amount of work that goes into preparing your case before you can even find a lawyer willing to take it! Or, that no matter how serious the injury, there's no guarantee your case will ever see the light of day!
This true story is also about love & family! Dr. Kearns is so fortunate to have such wonderful children. It's amazing how much can be accomplished when a human being gets emotional and logistical support from those he loves! Ultimately, I think that's the bottom line, here!
See: Patent Law Essentials: A Concise Guide Second Edition, and A Civil Action/The Insider
Then the scenes used to dramatize Kearns' struggle are well chosen. His legal embroilment spanned more than a decade. Only a small fraction of his confrontations could be dramatized. But the film doesn't feel episodic. The years interlock neatly, without giving the viewer a sense of being yanked abruptly from one incident to another.
Nevertheless, the DVD was somewhat difficult to watch on my TV. For some reason, possibly to achieve some arty chiaroscuro effect, a lot of the action must have been shot through heavy ocher filters. Most of the time, the main characters' faces appear indistinct, half eclipsed in deep shadow against almost totally blackened backgrounds. In scenes where there are groups of onlookers, such as the jury listening to Kearns plead his own patent case in court - the faces of these jurors come across as slightly smudged, glowing thumbprints.
Actually, this sort of obscurantism has become common in films. But "Flash of Genius" presents a particularly irritating use of the technique, because it isn't a thriller or a mystery calling for some menace to be only half-seen, only guessed at as it creeps up on its victims.Read more ›
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It's nice when the little guy wins. Love movie based on real people and real situations.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My husband bought this and really enjoyed it. Found it very inspirational :)Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am getting a patent and wanted to see want he went through, with the Ford Co. to protect his patent.Published 2 months ago by 406catman
This movie was exceedingly helpful for a family member going through a similar circumstance. I am so glad this man's personal ordeal was made into a film.Published 2 months ago by Janet