So i just returned from the theater having watched the film version of one of my most favorite books and to put it short.. very disappointed. One of the reasons why i love the book is the character interactions in Rob Coles life.. from the Barber who saved his life as a child and took him on as an apprentice to the people he meets on his trip to Isfahan and finally arriving there and becoming part of a trio of friends with Mirdin Askari, a Jew and Karim from whom he learns much about medicine and friendship before he can fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a physician. Now the book is big and i understand that you can't cram everything into about 2 hours but some choices are just puzzling to me and some are, in my opinion just wrong. One of the central themes is how the book shows us various cultures as Rob Cole posing as a Jew comes into real contact with that culture and has to learn everything to be able to blend in better and in turn his view of the world gets widened. This is only touched upon casually in the movie. Another glaring omission is the friendship of Rob, Mirdin and Karim who through their studies and adventures get as close as brothers only to be brutally ripped apart by fate and becoming the victims of an uncaring and selfish Shah with great ambitions. What the book brilliantly shows is Rob Coles utter desire and maybe the need to become the best healer he can be. He goes so far to let everything potentially good in his life go if it can't help him achieve that goal and he sacrifices much and endures so much hardship before finally achieving that goal. This movie doesn't show that much.. we jump through his young years, skip by the trip to Isfahan during which he meets the love interest and then just inexplicably gets admitted to the academy even though he has no credentials, no schooling, money or anything else to warrant that. He just gets beaten up for having the audacity to apply with nothing to show and through luck Ibn Sina himself takes care of his wounds and bang! New Student! What really struck me as negative was the portrayal of fanatical islamism. While that exists in the book it is nowhere near as central to the story.. it just shows the power struggles between the more worldly Shah and the fanatical Mullahs in which Rob and his friends get caught up. Here we have so many scenes of a Mullah preaching to his people about the evils happening at the academy and by the Shah which are against Allah according to him and it only intensifies to a point that it became painful to watch because it painted them in such a bad light that it became a sad caricature. I don't know why it was so highlighted that they felt the need to insert these additional scenes and i don't want to insert current socio political themes in this review but all these scenes could have been cut down and the time better used. So i just can't recommend this movie at all.. it falls flat on the main theme to portray a person driven like a madman to become the best healer possible only to get enveloped in local power struggles. The basics are there but they just feel cobbled together without any thought to the book or what it wants to show.
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The Physician (2013)
In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.
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When nine-year-old Rob Cole felt the life force slipping from his mother's hand he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift that would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to small villages throughout England and finally to the medical school at Ispahan. Though apprenticed to an itinerant barber surgeon, it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna that inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna's school. Despite the ban on Christian students, Rob goes there, disguising himself as a Jew to gain admission. Gordon has written an adventurous and inspiring tale of a quest for medical knowledge pursued in a violent world full of superstition and prejudice.
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Unfortunately not worth your timeReviewed byFPAlphaVote: 3/10
I was very much disappointed and frustrated, in fact, after I watched this movie. ABCs of making movies about the past, READ HISTORY before you start bullshi$tting people. Ibn Sina (AviCenna)was one if not the greatest physician of his time ( considered the father of Modern Medicine)who was in fact a Muslim conservative (not even a secular) character. Distorted truths and miserable lies within the Movie: 1. Ibn Sina, considered the greatest scientist and physician of his age, father of modern medicine. and committed Muslim. 2. Ibn Sina died peacefully in bed, never committed suicide. died in 1037 way before Siljuks end. moreover, I advise the author and the producer to check on Ibn Sina's wealth of literature in different aspects UNDER HIS NAME not being given as gift to his British student 3.Isfhan is part of Persia, who speak Persians not Arabic with a Levant Accent!! 4.Jews were not forced to leave the country, Christians were allowed to study too. none were prescuted for his/her religion belief under the Islamic rule at that specific time of life.
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 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.