My Sister’s Keeper

my sister's keeper

Last 2 days I watched this movie on DVD, but now I wanna shared it with everybody about the reviews. From beginning to end, this film is a weeper. Based on Jodi Picoult’s best-seller, it tells the story of a family coping with their teenage daughter’s leukemia. The mother (Cameron Diaz) is so obsessed with doing everything possible to keep her daughter, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), alive, that she and her husband (Jason Patrick) went so far as to conceive another child genetically engineered to be a donor for her sister. When Kate needs a kidney transplant, Anna (Abagail Breslin), now 11, visits an attorney (Alec Baldwin) to sue for medical emancipation: she wants to make her own medical decisions. She does not want to be forced to donate a kidney. Patrick and Diaz create a believable couple—a couple who are in crisis along with their dying daughter. I did have some trouble believing that a mother would consider forcing one child to donate a kidney to the other with no thought to the consequences. I just had to accept that she was so focused on keeping Kate alive that she didn’t really think about the effect on Anna, or on anyone else in the family. Breslin, so adorable in Little Miss Sunshine, is turning into an accomplished actor. We were also impressed with Vassilieva. Director Nick Cassavetes seems to have a fondness for tear-jerkers. One critic commented that My Sister’s Keeper requires more Kleenex than his previous weeper-hit, The Notebook. He’s a creative filmmaker and tries his best to bring some depth to the film, but the story is anything but subtle and fights him at every turn. I must admit, though, that I’m not immune to manipulation. I went into my purse for Kleenex several times. But from the opening to the closing credits, I felt manipulated and so did Gary. Although the film is beautifully photographed and acted, we can’t grade it higher than a B-. If you are in need of a good cry, or if you are a fan of the novel, you‘ll probably want to see My Sister‘s Weeper—sorry, that’s Keeper. GRADE B-


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