Flash of Genius DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.3
Video 8.2
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.3
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
Andrew Bistak

8.3


Flash of Genius

Based on a true story and from an article by The New Yorker, Flash of Genius is the depressing yet inspirational tale of Bob Kearns (Greg Kinnear), a university professor who also happened to be a part-time inventor.

The story revolves around the Kearns family, a middle class family living in Detroit whose lives could be considered average. Bob is married to Phyllis (Lauren Graham), a teacher who provides some stability and normality to his life. With six children, there lives are soon about to be changed when Bob has the idea of the "blinking eye" or the intermittent wiper which motorcar companies such as Ford and Chrysler have been spending millions of dollar into research but as of yet have been unable to perfect it.

After creating a prototype, Bob has a plan of manufacturing these wipers across America and seeks help from his close and rich friend Gil Privick (Dermot Mulroney) Together they take the invention to Ford and after the company agrees to incorporate this into their vehicles, they suddenly renege the deal.

With no explanations whatsoever about Fords withdrawal, Bob starts his downward spiral journey into depression and reclusiveness which becomes triggered when he sees a Ford can with his wipers. Even though his invention was patented, Ford ignored this and incorporated this invention into all their vehicles.

Attempting to take matters into his own hands, he ignores his wife, family and job, only to become institutionalised for a brief time and eventually seeks legal aid once he becomes stabilised. When the lawyers fail to admit that Ford stole his idea and would rather have Bob settle, Bob represents himself in court in a classic battle of David versus Goliath that is quite moving and inspirational.

Final Thoughts

Flash of Genius is a very engaging drama that takes the viewer of one man's journey of justice and redemption against all unbeatable odds and although when Bob starts his spiral journey downwards, the movie does become quite depressing, however director Marc Abraham successfully makes the viewer care about the man. 

The video quality is quite impressive on DVD that has this real 60's feel to it with the colours and cinematography that is matched by a good use of surround sound at times. Matched with some interesting special features, Flash of Genius... dare I admit it is the best drama that I have seen all year.






 
 



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