Friday, June 7, 2013

The Good Doctor (2011)

IMDb plot summary: A young doctor goes to unconscionable extremes in order to remain in the service of a female patient with a kidney disorder.
Directed by Lance Daly. Starring Orlando Bloom, Riley Keough, Taraji P. Henson, and Rob Morrow.

OK. This could have been a really interesting movie, but it really missed the mark. The casting of Orlando Bloom didn't work at all. I was hoping he'd impress me with acting chops when given the opportunity, but... no. As with all his work, he's just very wooden. He doesn't convey any actual human emotion until a very strange scene near the end where suddenly he overacts like crazy.

The story's a good one, but it's frustratingly executed, because it shows us things entirely from this doctor's perspective but never bothers to actually give us a look inside his head. There's no one to sympathize with, no one to care about. I had great difficulty discerning the motive behind his actions, due to vague writing and Orlando Bloom's non-acting, so whenever he did something awful I found myself yelling at the screen, "WHAT? WHY?"

Given all that, it's just the nail in the coffin that the final 3 minutes or so are complete nonsense, and it ends at the least coherent spot possible. In the end, it's a sloppy and disappointing flick. 1.5 stars.

Flickchart: #1322 out of 1935, below Pulp Fiction and above The Fifth Element.

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