Superb drama, and a true story of Ben Carson, surgeon.
When you look over the roles that Cuba Gooding Jr. has had over the
years, seeing the diversity in the characters, you realize what a
gifted actor he is. He shows it clearly in this role, as Ben Carson,
gifted surgeon from very humble beginnings.
The movie opens with a difficult case where Dr Carson is contemplating
the separation of German conjoined twins, sharing a cranium and parts
of their brains. His big hurdle is figuring out a way to keep them from
bleeding to death during the surgery. From that we are treated to a
long flashback of his life from a young student, through his teen
years, and medical school.
Ben Carson was not a "natural." He had developed spotty study habits
and was distracted by hours of TV after school. As a result he was
borderline failing in all his classes. But the awakening came when his
mother insisted that he and his brother spend less time watching TV and
more time reading books from the library.
Ben Carson became a success from his mother's motivation, and from his
own motivation to became a doctor. As the movie draws to its conclusion
we are again taken to the beginning, the difficult case of the
conjoined twins. He pioneered a procedure which proved to be
A bonus in the DVD extras include the real Ben Carson, who today is not
that much older than the actor who plays him in this movie..
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His Gifted Hands Were His Gift To The World
This is the life story of Dr. Ben Carson, chief of pediatric surgery at
Johns Hopkins University and considered the world's best pediatric
surgeon. The story begins with Dr. Carson being asked to consider
operating on the two sons of a German couple who are joined at the
abdomen and skull. No one has ever performed this surgery successfully
with both children surviving. The film then flashes back to the
childhood of Dr. Carson. He was raised by an illiterate but very loving
and determined single mother who married at the age of 13 and was
divorced soon after when she discovered her husband was married at the
same time to another woman with another family. She was determined that
her two sons would not turn out the same way she did. It is an amazing
story of this mother and her love and determination. Ben, not realizing
he needed glasses, consistently performed way below the other students
in class until his mother used all their savings to get him a pair.
That, along with her firm hand in making the two boys read two books a
week from the library (along with written reports) as well as limiting
TV watching to two programs a week turned Ben into the student of the
year in 8th grade. Even that, however, was tainted, as a teacher at the
award ceremony berated the other students for letting a boy of color
with serious disadvantages and a single mother outperform them. The
story continues with his achievements and struggles through high school
and his scholarship years at Yale and on to his residency at Johns
Hopkins. The story then takes us back to the conclusion of the decision
whether or not to operate on the German twins. It is an incredible
story of someone who not had the 'gifted hands' needed to be a great
surgeon but also the determination, humility and faith to make a life
of great service to his fellow humans against great odds. The acting is
outstanding. I would encourage everyone and every family to make this a
'must watch'. I would also highly recommend SOMETHING THE LORD MADE,
another story about a great African-American surgeon, Dr. Vivian
Thomas, who was born 30 years too early to be able to have the same
opportunities as Dr. Carson, but nevertheless made a great contribution
to medicine that is still being used today..