The Film Studio Synopsis: Based on a true story, a biographical drama centering upon Antwone “Fish” Fisher who–once a Sony Pictures security guard–eventually gained fame as an acclaimed writer and a Hollywood producer. In the earlier part of his life, he was a sailor prone to violent outbursts. On the verge of being kicked out of the Navy for repeated fighting, he is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood rife with abuse. With the help of a Navy psychiatrist, he turns his life around and decides to embark on a search to find the family that abandoned him as a baby. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew. In the course of that search, his life changes dramatically.
The Good: Nothing new.
The Bad: Feels very much like Good Will Hunting or Finding Forrester. The problem might lay in the fact that Fisher wrote the screenplay based on his book. It might have been better to allow someone else to write this screenplay so that we could leave out all the overly sentimental nonsense. There are situations that run through the film that make no sense and this goes beyond just the screenplay and makes you wonder how much hit the editing floor.
Frankly: Denzel Washington’s directorial debut is average at best, even though his performance is the only reason to watch.
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