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Dan Millman (Scott Melchowiz) is a talented, yet arrogant college gymnast who seems to have it all. He gets good grades, has disposable relationships and is trying out for the Olympics. But he still wakes up in cold sweats at night. His world is turned upside down after he meets a mysterious stranger he refers to as Socrates (Nick Nolte). Socrates seems to hold the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding and becomes Dan s mentor guiding him through various avenues of his life.
Dan suffers from a serious injury, and with the help of Socrates and a mysterious young woman (Amy Smart), he grows to realize that strength of spirit is what leads a man to his true greatness. He learns that he has to let go of the person he thought he was and start living in the moment by appreciating the journey and accepting his lack of control over the future.
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When I sat down to watch it, I was waiting to see the same old same old 'boy overcomes adversity' tale, but I was instantly drawn into this beautiful film, and I didn't take my eyes off it until it ended. I laughed out loud, and I cried, and I was left with a strong message that has stayed with me and really has made me think differently.
The joy of the film is the unfolding of young Dan's story, and the viewer learning alongside him. The acting is superb, the film quality is high, and although it's a film dealing with matters of the spirit, it's not at all lightweight or sickly, as this kind of film can be. Oh, and no moral finger-pointing either!
I both enjoyed this film and learned a lot from it, and I would unhesitatingly recommend it very strongly to anyone who wants to learn something about themselves and how we can be blinded by our need to prove ourselves.
Here he learns that the path to success is within oneself, and that the "garbage"in his head should be cleared out allowing a more spiritual path to be taken. After a motor-bike accident, Danny is told that his career is over and his hopes are dashed, but with the aid of Socrates and a young woman, Joy, he works his way back to fitness and from desperation to success.
It is a dark film, which was rather lost on me, but nevertheless was interesting viewing. I daresay it might appeal more to an American audience, but is inspirational. Certainly worth watching in quiet moments, and no doubt repeated viewings would plant seeds in even a stoney mind like mine. Perhaps in younger days, I should have benefited from the philosophy contained herein.
An unusual role for Nick Nolte, contrasting with his usual tough guy image, and I thought he carried it off beatifully. I did not recognise anyone else in the cast.
As it was I found it both absorbing in it's tempo and 'message' - I'm a bit of a sucker for the old Zen line. But it was also well acted and beautifully shot - the slow motion scenes of Dan's gymnastics, for instance, were just superb.
This struck me as one of those slow-burner films that can sometimes surprise in the face of blockbusters at the box office. The film avoids being too mawkish whilst still having a bit of a feel good element to it. Readers of the book may chafe at the simplification of the story, but thats Hollywood for you.
Mechlowicz is the up-and-coming gymnast who has the perfect life and is on course for qualifying for the Olympic trials but still can't sleep nights until a chance encounter with Nick Nolte's philosophical gas station attendant sets him on the path to tapping his true potential by teaching him to strip his mind of `garbage' and live in the moment. Since there's not a great deal to `Socrates' philosophy other than truisms and the odd bit of New Age sloganeering ("Sometimes you have to lose your mind to come to your senses."), this is padded out with some not always convincing fantasy scenes intended to show his inner journey and heightened perception before career-threatening injury strikes and he must fight his way back, montage-style, to be all that he can be to the accompaniment of an `empowering' soundtrack.Read more ›
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Great film with some marvelous lessons, simply and beautifully put together. I took a few breaths and exhaled a few times.Published 18 days ago by barbara
For me the whole film was along-drawn story did not work. The wise words were not put into practice with discrimination. The story was disjointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Spiritual Seeker
was indicated to me as part of the motivational course. Very average. One can do without.Published 3 months ago by Fabienne
MOVIE REVIEW: I have never read the book, so watching the movie without comparing it, all I have to say is WOW! This movie is Amazing! It might change your life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Davie Morrison