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Feature 7.5
Video 7.9
Audio 7.9
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.6
Distributor: Fox
Classification: M15+
Minutes: 99 minutes
Reviewer: James Wright

7.6


ADAM
Special Edition

You donít get too many movies that does one Aspergerís, especially ones that are a romantic comedyÖ although the TV Series Boston Legal did as does director May Mayer with Adam. For the uninitiated, Aspergerís is a type of autism that affects a considerable amount of people worldwide, some more than others. Depending on their condition, they can lead quite normal lives and this is where Adam (Hugh Dancy) comes into the picture, a man who was under the watchful wings of his father, until he unfortunately passed away.

Adam also features some quirky behaviours of his own such as performing the same tasks day after day and with his father now deceased, his prospect of the resemblance of a normal life seems squashed. For now, Adam continues to work in a factory and does the same old routine day after day.

However when a new neighbour named Beth (Rose Byrne) moves into the apartment building, they both begin to take an interest in each other and a relationship is eventually formed... enter the conflicts!

There are several conflicts in the movie such as Adam being afraid to tell Beth of his condition, Beth afraid to commit due to his disorder and last but not least, Bethís father Marty (Peter Gallagher) who frowns on his daughter choices.

It may seem a little convoluted but itís actually an endearing story that is masterfully acted by Dancy who really captures certain aspects of Aspergerís Syndrome. Byrne is equally as good as she attempts to draw out or ďnormaliseĒ Adam and both actors seem comfortable with not only their roles but also each other.

The video and audio quality of ADAM is decent but where it does shine is through the interesting alternate ending (better than the movie), a featurette with Rose Byrne and commentary by the director. The commentary is interesting, although a little dry as are the deleted scenes.

Special Features:
Commentary by the Director
Alternate ending
Deleted scenes
Life after school with Rose Byrne

In conclusion, itís an interesting premise that works well on most levels, although some of the subplots seem a little rushed at times but overall, it works well. Special Features, Video Quality, Conclusion






 
 



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