Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Physician (2013)

Director: Philipp Stölzl. Cast: Tom Payne, Emma Rigby, Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez. 150 min. Germany. Adventure/Drama.

There was once a 1986 novel of a fictional British youngster who traveled to Persia to learn medicine from Avicenna/Ibne-Sina, the greatest physician of his time. For a cinematic adaptation, the basic elements of that fictional story were flipped upside-down in 2013, and through great actors, impressive production values, terribly weak direction, and preposterous screenplay cliches, now the story shows how the young man's wisdom acted as a savior to Avicenna and the patients he treated. But hey, Westerners were always saving Middle-Easterners (even through the Dark Ages), and history is written by its victors. So what's to complain?

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