Monday, July 20, 2009

My Sister's Keeper

I was pleasantly surprise by My Sister's Keeper, since it hasn't received the best review and I'm not a fan of Jodi Picoult. I've only read one of her books, The Pact, and I quit halfway through. I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't care for the "issue" driven plot approach. I found the story to be contrived and almost deliberately emotionally manipulative.

But back to the movie. Abigail Breslin plays, Anna, a young girl who was genetically engineered to be a match to her cancer-stricken sister. The story follows the end of Kate's battle with cancer and Anna's decision to file for medical emancipation to avoid being forced in to a kidney transplant. Or at least that's what's going on the surface. The big "twist" was pretty apparently to me pretty early in the movie and my friend figured it out from the trailers. However, it turns out that despite "issue" driven plot and the author's attempt to wring every bit of melodrama out the story possible, I enjoyed the movie. The entire cast is just fantastic and Cameron Diaz's performance was amazing. You really feel a mother's frantic desperation as she attempts to stave off the inevitable. The movie also does a good job of telling the story from multiple points of view, giving insight in to what each of the characters is going through. It's definitely worth the price of admission. Not to state the obvious, but bring Kleenex.

3 comments:

Trix in the City said...

Someone told me that this is based on a true story... I'm not sure whether that is true or not... but they said that the "real" story or the "book" whichever it may be is SUPER depressing... so now I'm curious as to how the story really went down.

KB said...

I have the book, so I checked. It doesn't say anything about being based on a true story and it has the typical fiction disclaimer "this is a work of fiction any resemblance to actual people or events is purely coincidental" (or something along those lines)

Rhonda said...

I cried while listening to the 104 morning show yesterday, so I will be avoiding this movie at all costs.