Visually stunning and emotionally poignant film- forget the book and appreciate it for what it is! (by abantelman)
I am very disappointed at the negativity surrounding this film. I always believe that when you have a read a book that is made into a film, you have to look at them as separate works of art. This film is, in its own rite, a beautiful story told with superb acting. I was entertained and captivated throughout the entire film, which tells the tale of a young boy who is driven to become a physician after watching his own mother pass away before his eyes.Rob Cole goes through an epic journey to become the best physician he can possibly be, traveling to far away lands that he had previously never <more>
heard of or dreamed up in his wildest dreams. He creates friendships but also has to maintain the facade that he is a Jew in order to gain access to the most prestigious medical school in the world at the time, under the Persian Ibn Sina. In Persia, he becomes rapped up in a religious struggle but wants, more than anything else, to continue to develop his skills as a physician.I was equally blown away by the beautiful costumes and brilliant screen settings, which were only to be topped by the superb acting of Tom Payne, who plays Rob Cole.Please, ignore the negative reviews of this film. Do yourself a favor and enjoy a beautiful work of cinema.
Crafted by a film director and not by the authors quill. (by markhebblewhite1)
It's a great shame that so many of the reviewers are so woeful about this film. For me, the film was quite wonderful and one that I would most definitely recommend to all. If you have not read the book, that's fine – just loose yourself in the film and don't worry about those virtuous bookworms. At the end of the day – it's a film and not an 800-page book. As a film, it is quite entertaining and stands as its own.For those of you who like to loose themselves in motion pictures, then this is for you: the actors perform well, the scenes are beautifully crafted and of course <more>
the story is compelling.And for those bookworms: films are not books and you'll never really capture the same story, it's just an interpretation. Put the film on, grab a bag of popcorn and just enjoy it for what it is. A GOOD FILM.
Whether this movie is filmed on real story or not that is not by the way as another view describes the facts in details , i saw this movie as message of hope to anyone who wants to achieve his goal.At first i thought this movie of normal B class film but it turns out to be an A+, that credit goes to the director who did't bore his viewers. Acting was off course great, there are many great names in the movie and sure they all played their role in the success of this film.The character of Rob was not that easy but it was done as this person is meant to do this role that's my thoughts <more>
anyone can deny it : and believe it or not as i am watching Hollywood films for about 7 years, this is the first movie in which Muslim's contribution to knowledge of science / medicine is shown and i appreciate it.
A good entertaining adventure movie made in the classical way (by kriddirk)
I am lucky I didn't read the book. In fact, the book and film of any story is always very different from each other and should be rated separately without comparing them. It is a 2:30 hours movie and it isn't boring at any moment. From the beginning till the end you are entertained by the story and the action. It is a big production, one of those you have to see in the theater due to the imagine, the landscapes, the special effects. And talking about the special effect; there are enough, but for once this movie is not an "ONLY and overloaded action" movie. Lately, most of <more>
the films are possible to see on the screen at home, because the imagine is not of that type a cine-screen is needed. This production is made like the classical big productions, like Lawrence of Arabia or The English Patient. So, enough action, not boring, entertaining and you can leave the theater in a relax status and not tired of all the car chases.Tom Payne, Mr Kingsley and Skarsgard make a very good act. Negative parts ?! Missing some link in the voyage between England and the Orient. Some unexplainable jumps in the story, which for sure are treated well in the book. But, it is not disturbing and quiet normal in a big story as this one.
If you have not read the book like me you will probably not be disappointed, otherwise you should probably read the review of somebody who read the book before.This movie had a lot going for it: beautiful scenery and a likewise beautiful Emma Rigby , credibility and oriental charisma. It was educative about the founding days of modern medicine/surgery and very nicely crafted overall. Ben Kingsley was grand as usual and the other cast was very convincing as well.There are not a lot of negative aspects I can find here. Some parts in the late first half of the movie are not very suspenseful <more>
but it picks up very nicely from then on.Another small issue for me was that there were a few too many saved-at- the-very-last-moment scenes not as many as in The Hobbit II, which was a great movie anyways I just hope that this movie is as successful as it deserves to be which I am not sure about since there were only 4 other people attending the Friday afternoon show in my hometown .Great movie. I recommend it highly!
The Physician is one of the best epic adventure films I've ever seen— there that pretty much says it. However, the folks at Influx will not allow single-sentence reviews, so I suppose I should talk about the movie a bit and explain why I enjoyed it so much.The film begins in England during the Middle Ages. A boy watches his mother die and no one can help. After all, there aren't any doctors and medicine is extremely primitive. Having no place to live, he takes up with the closest thing they have to a doctor—a barber! The guy is very gruff and his knowledge of medicine is <more>
negligible but young Rob Cole Thomas Payne learns what he can from his new guardian—including very, very basic surgery, since in those days, barbers often supplemented their income with such procedures. Later, when Rob's guardian loses his sight, a Jewish surgeon does cataract surgery! Rob is intrigued—where DID this man learn such advanced techniques? He learns that there is a medical school but unfortunately it's in the East in Muslim land. And Christians are NOT welcome there. So Rob comes up with a seemingly insane plan—to pose as a Jew and enroll in the school. I know what you might be thinking yes, Jews were treated well in Muslim lands at the time and were quite welcome. And, the only hospitals and true doctors in the world were in these same lands.The first thing Rob needs to do is a VERY painful thing indeed. To make himself appear to be a Jew, he not only cuts his hair but his schmeckle. I would say more, but just don't know if IMDb will let me elaborate further. Suffice to say, it was a very painful but relatively minor operation! Then, he joins a caravan heading East. Along the way, he meets a beautiful Jewish woman and you KNOW that more will come of this relationship—but that comes much, much later in the film. In the meantime, Rob must survive a killer sand storm, find the medical school and somehow get himself admitted. What's next? Well, what I've told you occurs only in the first 45 minutes or so—and the film has nearly another two hours! But, considering how exciting Rob's adventures are, you won't find yourself squirming or getting bored! All too often, I've found epic films have great difficulty maintaining their pace—this is certainly NOT a problem here.This movie has nearly everything going for it. The script is very intelligent, engaging and fascinating. Rarely is history made this fascinating in movies—but this fictionalized story is sprinkled with interesting tidbits about the times, the way folks lived and what it was like to be a doctor in the so-called 'Dark Ages'. Excellent acting is also evident throughout—with Ben Kingsley providing a nice bit of class and an excellent performance as Rob's teacher. However, it's not all Kingsley. Despite a lot of relatively unknown actors, they deliver the goods. In particular, Tom Payne is quite good in the lead. Add to the acting great cinematography, excellent direction, a wonderful soundtrack and a real sense of escapism, and you have a heck of a film.So if I enjoyed the film THIS much, why didn't I score it an A+? Well, I rarely would give such a score to any film—and this one nearly earned it. However, I was a bit irritated that such a great history lesson would include quite a bit of nudity, as the film otherwise would have been wonderful for teens. Why did they have to do this when the film didn't need any of this to advance the plot? I might still consider recommending the film for teens but understand that many parents would blanch at letting their kids watch a rated R film. I very, very minor trimming which would have done nothing to harm the plot could have easily made this one PG-13 and would have earned the highest possible mark from me.
The Physician: a fine 'old' movie (by niutta-enrico)
It's not easy to define what an 'old film' is but surely we all understand what this could mean. In old films sex and love are treated as they couldn't be less than flawless, good people always have greater reasons for not acting in a morally irreproachable way, wise people make fine statements until their last breath, backup tends to arrive in time and so on There have been hundreds of great films done this way and The Physician is one of them: beautiful scenery, fine dialogues, great characters and a story that touches in the heart: the everlasting struggle between <more>
knowledge and superstition.I liked it very much, I gave it an 8 but only because I could not forget the 10 I assigned in my mind to 'Agora', my favorite movie on this same matter.
Do not judge a book by it's cover... Highly recommend this film! (by fellowshipofthering-976-769687)
It wasn't to Hollywood standard- but that's actually a compliment, considering the crap Hollywood is unveiling these days. I approached this movie with an attitude of; "Oh... Okay... Well, it has Ben Kingsley and Stellan Skarsgard so it 'might' be okay.." Turns out, it's really a case of not judging a book by it's cover.I thought it was far better than what other let off. I read the review complaining about the legitimacy of the story- "Hello! It's a movie... Not a documentary..." The characters are very convincing, the story is very much <more>
intriguing, and the wrap-up of the film is just how you'd want it to be- without being what you'd expect it to be.Just because it's not a blockbuster, doesn't mean it's not worth watching. This film is so unique, and really, it's a masterpiece in it's genre, and I can definitely see many being surprised by it. Well done to the actors too, especially the relatively-unknown actors The main character! .
I usually write reviews for current movies which are in the cinema. But for this one I'll make an exception. For me this movie is a great 8, or more, out of 10 scoring movie that is rarely found these days. And I think this one deserve a review because I haven't seen it's release date for the US, or my country Indonesia.The story follows a Rob Cole, a kid of a poor Christioan family in a 12th century English village. After being able to feel death coming for his mother, Rob's mother died from "side-sickness" and a traveling healer cannot heal her, because of more <more>
than technical reasons. He then lives with the healer/barber as his apprentice, though not before some forcing and pleading. When Rob grows, he gets to accidentally feel death comes to a person but his master didn't believe him. When his master gets older and has cataract, which the barber thinks as unhealable, Rob goes to a Jewish healer and got him fixed. Rob then sets to learn the knowledge, like the Jew did, from the great Ibn Sinna in Ispahan in the near orient.He has to disguise himself as a Jew because the Muslim madrasa does not admit Christians. Disguised as Yassi Ben Benyamin, on his journey Rob meets a girl, Rebecca, but they are parted when a sandstorm engulfs their caravan. Reaching Ispahan, at first Yassi was not accepted by Ibn Sinna's men and got beaten. A Jewish madrasa student brings the wounded Yassi to care .by Ibn Sinna himself. Rob is then accepted into the class after showing interest in medicine to Ibn Sinna. In Ispahan Yassi meets Rebecca again and it's revealed that she is to marry a Jewish influential man, Bar Kappara. Meanwhile, the shah of Ispahan denied a peace accord with the Seljuks, the overzealous Muslim group with no tolerance to the Jews or science. The Seljuks responded by sending in a plague of the then incurable Black Death.As the plague gets worse and the city sealed off, Bar Kappara flees the city leaving his newly wed wife. Yassi rescues Rebecca and tends to her in the madrasa. Along her time there, they grow closer. Together with Ibn Sinna, Yassi then managed to fight off the plague. Rebecca heals and tells Yassi she is going back to her husband's house. Yassi steals the moment and makes love to her. Ibn Sinna then tasks Yassi of an old man with side-sickness. Yassi tells his master that they can understand the illness better if they understand complete human anatomy, which means dissecting a corpse. Ibn Sinna dismisses the idea thinking that God, in all faiths, prohibits it because it defiles the corpse. The old man then dies and Yassi secretly dissects his corpse and documents the internal anatomy. He then finds the cause, and cure, of side-sickness which is appendicitis in reality. But the mullahs, the mosque clergy who are in bed with the rebellious Seljuks and views the madrasa as Godless, caught Yassi red handed and charged him with necromancy. They also frame Ibn Sinna to die along side Yassi and banish the Jews from the city. Yassi then reveal his disguise so as to spare the Jews community. Meanwhile, Rebecca's adultery is revealed and she is to be stoned to death. The shah, who has become a friend of Yassi, interfered and spared all of them. This enrages the mullahs and triggers a riot in the city. The shah spared Yassi and Ibn Sinna because he has side-sickness. They then operate on him. The shah then tells Rob to flee the city as he goes into battle against the Seljuk army. He doesn't survive the battle and Rob manages to return and set up a hospital in London.Honestly, since Labor Day 2013 I rarely find a drama that is not boring and drives me to sleepiness. Probably the adventure side of the movie that does this. Based on a novel's story, the movie greatly tells us of more than just an adventure, but of indomitable will, passion, clash of civilizations, the thirst for knowledge, faith, and tolerance. The movie is great in depicting the conditions of the time and place, and also the human nature. I am surprised that this great movie is not made out of a Hollywood studio, but a German based. The cast selection is great. Putting excellent senior actors like Stellan Skarsgard, Oliver Martinez and Ben Kingsley aside new talents like Tom Payne and Emma Rigby is a great choice. Kingsley especially played his part excellently and successfully conveyed the charisma of Ibn Sinna. Although for me Oliver Martinez's Spanish accent is all to heavy to be mistaken for any Middle Eastern accent.The music and soundtrack is great. They are not just being there slightly noticeable, but can also bring into light the well placed music moments. The transition between tunes related to middle-ages england villages to the oriental middle east is greatly done, because it is seamless. I personally couldn't distinguish when did the transition go, is it on the Egypt port scene, or the Ispahan entrance scene.Overall, again this is a great movie deserving an 8 out of 10 score and a recommendation to go and see it. Seeing that it is limitedly released, it will worth your time looking for it on the internet.