Friday, May 2, 2014

Decoding Annie Parker

Samantha Morton leads an ensemble cast in this 1970's historical drama as Annie Parker, a young woman stricken with breast cancer which has already proved fatal for several other women in her family.  At a time when doctors were convinced otherwise, she wholeheartedly believes there is a genetic predisposition.  At the same time, a world renowned geneticist (Helen Hunt) is trying to prove just that.  The entire cast, also including Aaron Paul, Bradley Whitford, Rashida Jones, Maggie Grace, and Alice Eve are all good, but it's Morton who steals the show here with the brave and heartfelt acting we know we can expect from her.  She's really good, and this movie, which is no 'Dallas Buyers Club' and had a questionable start, eventually won me over.

'Decoding Annie Parker' is now in limited release in theaters and also available on Video on Demand.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  With a subject of breast cancer, featuring primarily women in the cast, it is clearly targeted to the Lifetime audience.  But Morton's performance won me over.

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