If there’s one film I like Russel Crowe in, it would be Gladiator…nothing more. Then I watched A Beautiful Mind – mind changed.
The film follows the true story of John Nash, an American mathematician, Nobel Prize winner, whose works in game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations have provided insight into the forces that govern chance and events inside complex systems in daily life.
Nash begins developing paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while painfully watching the loss and burden his condition brings on his wife and friends.
(clip: Nash’s speech on winning the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1994 although Nash didn’t really gave a speech in real life)
In the story, years after graduating, Nash runs into his former roommate while in Princeton, Charles, and meets Charles’ young niece Marcee (Vivien Cardone), whom he adores. Nash is invited to a secret Department of Defense facility in the Pentagon to crack a complex encryption of an enemy telecommunication. He is able to decipher the code mentally, to the astonishment of other codebreakers. He then met the mysterious William Parcher (Ed Harris), who belongs to the United States Department of Defense. Parcher observes Nash’s performance from above, while partially concealed behind a screen. Parcher gives Nash a new assignment to look for patterns in magazines and newspapers, ostensibly to thwart a Soviet plot. He must write a report of his findings and place them in a specified mailbox. After being chased by Soviet agents and an exchange of gunfire, Nash becomes increasingly paranoid and begins to behave erratically.
It all turns out to be part of his hallucinations.
Despite difficulties, Nash goes on to become a professor in his former college and honored by his fellow professors for his achievement in mathematics, and goes on to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for his revolutionary work on game theory.
This movie is best loved by many for conveying the message or proving that psychiatrists are wrong about schizophrenia being a brain disease like Alzheimers and Parkinson’s.
Nash is now 83-years-old.
You can watch the film in full here, complete with subtitles of the language of your choice.