Ron Howard is one Hollywood director who could be trusted to come up with a meritorious offering each time. Here he has taken up the biography John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner for Economics. The film, released in 2000 is based on the book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar which itself was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
John Nash proves to be a prodigy at an early age. However, his genius is marred by his developing paranoid schizophrenia. He is given to delusional episodes now and then. He is very much mindful of the burden that he saddles his wife and friends with.
Russell Crowe proves his versatility in this movie and shows how he can easily transform himself into a troubled man left to his own devices from the ferocious Maximus Decimus Meridius in Gladiator. Ron Howard�s faith in Ed Harris has seen the latter to be cast in many of the former�s films and here too, as William Parcher the blackmailer, he does not disappoint.
The movie, on its release in December, 2001 gained immense popularity and was awarded four Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Film Editing. Critics too had much praise for the film.
Inaccuracy in biopics is almost unavoidable and this film has some major departures from facts but that should hardly discourage you from buying the DVD and watching this absorbing movie.