Based on the memoirs of Oliver Sacks, the movie tells us about Dr. Malcolm Sawyer who's working at a mental hospital in the Bronx, New York, treating patients with all kinds of symptoms. The story emerges when an experimental drug causes the some catatonic patients to regain their awareness after years in a state idleness. The story revolves around a man who spent nearly 30 years trapped and unaware, who then actually regains motoric functions, speech, thoughts and overall consciousness. The thing that comes out of his story is rather the typical human nature taking things for granted. It becomes rather a struggle for freedom for a man who has finally found the capability of living again.
The movie does beyond its beautiful moments also leave the viewer with quite an interesting thing to reflect about especially when it comes to appreciating life. Even the most subtle things like taking a walk, talking to people, breathing in the fresh air and feeling the sun in your face are things that some people will never experience the same way as oneself does, or never at all. That is the beauty of life but also the whole horrific thing that we choose to forget. I truly recommend this film especially in a time like these, when the losses of habits, relationships or maybe even loved ones seems to overwhelm us. We should take a second to reflect, because in the end there is always so much more to lose, and we're missing out on life we actually can have right now.
Watch the movie through Netflix here.