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Flash of Genius 2008

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Academy Award nominee Greg Kinnear stars in this inspiring true story about an ordinary man and his extraordinary fight against one of the most powerful corporations in the country.

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Greg Kinnear, Tim Eddis
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1 hour, 59 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Marc Abraham
Starring Greg Kinnear, Tim Eddis
Supporting actors Warren Belle, Karl Pruner, Bill Lake, Dermot Mulroney, Lauren Graham, Landon Norris, Shae Norris, Steven Woodworth, Victoria Learn, Dylan Authors, Ronn Sarosiak, Gavin Kuiack, Ben Kuiak, Tom Rooney, Kate Parker, Andrew Gillies, Duane Murray, Kate Greenhouse
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format: Theatrical Release
I don't know how accurately "Flash of Genius" portrays the real Robert Kearns. If he was anything like Greg Kinnear's representation, he may be one of the most relatable people I know of. In the film, Kearns is passionate, determined, stubborn, and cursed with a one-track mind. He was a college engineering professor and an independent inventor with an absolute sense of right and wrong, and because the Ford Motor Company wrongs him, he puts all his energy into making it right. We may not all be inventors, but I think it's safe to say that most of us understand why he does what he does, and that's because we've all been passionate about something. This isn't to say that we can completely side with him; as admirable as his intentions are, he ends up neglecting his wife, his children, and his job, and he unfairly drags his family through a twelve-year legal nightmare. One wonder whether or not the journey was worth it.

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.
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This is absolutely the best movie I have seen, so far, this year! I sincerely hope Flash of Genius gets a few Academy Awards! But one thing is for certain! People will be watching this powerful film a 100 years from now! It's that good!

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
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Didn't know that some car companies take advantage of people by stealing their ideas knowing that these people don't have the money or power to fight back. This is the story of one guy who did fight back and it almost ruined his life.
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Great movie based on a true story about an electrical engineering professor who invented the intermittent windshield wiper and how badly he was treated by the auto company that stole his idea. I like Fords and own a Mustang convertible, so I'm not going to mention the name of the car of the company. He worked for years on his invention, then sued after really being bullied around by them. After several shyster attorneys said they would help him and gave up, he went on as his own lawyer. This whole thing almost destroyed him and his family. His wife couldn't take his obsession and all the stress and divorced him. I worked in the legal system my whole career, and this movie realistically shows just how hard it is for a citizen to navigate our legal system when they are wronged by somebody with money and power. This is a must see for anyone contemplating such a lawsuit. If you liked A Civil Action or like cars, you will probably like this one too.
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This story is legend in engineering circles and it comes down to never trust the big guys ! At one point one car company had in very fine print on their purchase orders that by accepting the order they were allowed to use any of the selling company's IP (Intellectual Property), not just stuff related to what was being bought, everything. It probably wouldn't have stood up in court against a major supplier, but for a smaller one they could !
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