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Story of a young sailor who's past is full of tragedy and child abuse. Fisher turns to his girlfriend and a Navy psychiatrist to help come to terms with his demons and confront his past.
Top Customer Reviews
The film is beyond brilliant. Denzel Washington, hot off of his Oscar winning performance in Training Day, scores big with Antwone Fisher. He not only stars as the psychologist, but directs this flawless drama in his first ever debut in the director's chair. Derek Luke, a name that is destined to shine in years to come, portrays Fisher with such conviction that he successfully steals the show in the scenes he's in with Denzel.
The film is very heartfelt. It will bring tears to your eyes.
A very recommended movie.
Antwone Fisher's story shows the importance of families in the emotional development of human beings at the earliest age. In a time when we have been bombarded with guilt-stories we tend to shake off what we consider as another attempt at making us feel guilty. But this story isn't about making anyone feel guilt. It shows the struggles that face people who have not had the security of a family, and it helps those who haven't experienced that sort of insecurity relate to those that have.
I'm not a big-fan of love interests either, but I think it was important to show that his girlfriend played a role in his rehabilitation. One thing I did not like about the movie was Denzel's character almost compelling Fisher to lose his virginity. I don't think this sends the right message especially to those young people who may be watching this movie, but then what movies do?
The acting wasn't bad, although the movie had that Hollywood feel to it. I think some stories get through even if they are painted with tinsel-town's brush, and for this to have been Denzel's debut as a director adds to the specialness of this movie. I hope he comes out with another one sometime soon.
On another note, it's good to see a positive potrayal of Afro-American people on film, there have been too many 'gangsta' films coming out of Hollywood of late.
Finally, watch this movie to get a perspective on your own life.
The reason for this is that the movie is an autobigraphy of a real life person. Antwone Fisher served in the U.S. Navy and had a productive relationship with a Navy shrink played by Denzel Washington.
This movie boasts an excellent script and cast to match.
I was fascinated to learn this movie is based on a true story; I was even more impressed that newcomer Derek Luke, who plays the title role, is an actual friend of the real Antwone Fisher. Luke brings a plethora of range to his character: anger, resentment, confusion, forgivness, integrity, dignity. Portraying a young sailor trying to come to grips with his painful past--trying to control his violent outbursts--Luke flawlessly stays in character, whereas other newcomers have a tendency to overact. Antwone Fisher, as it turns out, is a remarkable human being; Derek Luke effectively brings this fact to the forefront.
Denzel Washington, portraying Navy psychiatrist Jerome Davenport, is superb. Davenport doesn't belittle, belabor, or browbeat his young patient--he gains Antwone's confidence through soft-spoken empathy and compassion. As the relationship between the two men evolves, Davenport becomes a surrogate father to Antwone. Yet Davenport also has problems in his personal life; his friendship with Antwone gives him the additional insight and strength he needs to confront them.
The chemistry between Washington and Luke is extraordinary; the scenes featuring just the two of them are spellbinding. ATWONE FISHER is also Washington's directorial debut; if Washington can furnish such exceptional storytelling right out of the gate, one can only hope he'll decide to go behind the camera again and again.
Most recent customer reviews
I hesitated in seeing this movie since I really prefer the lighter stuff eg. action/adventure/martial arts and so on. I try to avoid the heavy emotional films. Read morePublished on April 25 2004
This was just a movie that kept my attention until the end. The true story of Antwone Fisher who suffers with rage and they send him to a shrink. Read morePublished on April 4 2004 by Wolfe Moffat
I saw this movie last night and cannot stop thinking about it. It is well worth viewing. The acting is flawless. Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by erin e comen
Why does everyone like this movie so much?
I saw it a long time ago, so I probably shouldn't even be writing this review as I can hardly remember a lot of it
But I DO... Read more
This is truly one of the best movies I've ever seen. Newcomer Derek Luke was simply brilliant in his portrayal. Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by felmitch
This true story is truly moving. It is a story of trimuph above circumstance. Again we are horrified by the circumstances in which this child grew up, without anyone. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by Sandi
This is a very moving movie. I did not have any idea that it was in any way biographical until the end of the film. Who knows how much license has been taken and who cares. Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by Craig Matteson
i loved this film. i thought it was powerful and uplifting. yeah it does have some clinches but there easily over looked. like i daid in past reviews denzel is briliant always. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by jordan luciano
When I saw ANTWONE FISHER early last year, it was one of the only few films that I've seen an audience applauded after the film was over. That's a sign of a wonderful film. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004 by Frank Ponce