Denzel Washington’s first film as a director is deeply touching. The true story of Antwone Fisher, who wrote the screenplay, is an inspirational tale about a young man attempting to gain control over his present and future by coming to terms with his past. Antwone, played by Derek Luke, is enlisted in the US navy and is prone to uncontrollable outbursts of anger.
On the verge of being kicked out of the navy, he is sent to naval psychiatrist Jerome Davenport (Denzel Washington). Born in prison to a convict mother who abandoned him, Antwone grew up with a foster family that abused him.
Some of the most poignant moments in the film are these flashbacks, when Antwone begins to open up to Davenport. This is one man’s struggle against adversity. It is presented with sympathy, compassion and above all, hope.
A quietly evocative film
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