Manic is a film that many people will find shocking and disturbing. It deals with the sensitive subject of teenage mental illness, being set inside a psychiatric institute. There are excellent perfomances from the entire cast, Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Don Cheadle are simply outstanding. The movie is filmed using small hand-held cameras, that give you a "documentary" feel throughout the film. As someone who really is a manic depressive (bipolar), I found myself becoming strangely involved with Lyle, the central character, as he comes to terms with his situation. I should point out the film contains very strong language throughout. A superb film, and as it says on the box.. FEEL IT. FIGHT IT. LIVE IT.