Antwone Fisher

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Washington's directing debut is a solidly crafted, emotionally touching work.

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The touching story of a sailor (Derek Luke) who, prone to violent outbursts, is sent to a naval psychiatrist (Denzel Washington) for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his new doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest to find the family he never knew.

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  • Mar 31, 2014
    Antwone Fisher is a pretty good drama, directed by actor Denzel Washington in his first directorial outing. The story is a well thought out, engaging, and the cast are very good in their roles. Washington is a standout actor, one of the finest that I have seen. With this film, he displays a unique eye for crafting a truly engaging story, and he is aided with some standout performances. Derek Luke is great in the title character, and he adds so much to the film, that really makes this picture standout. I liked the film, but at times there are things that don't seem to work, and the material could have been handled better. Luckily the performances standout, and that's the strongest aspect of the film. I wanted to really enjoy the film, but at times, some parts of the film tried to be a bit too ambitious, as if Denzel Washington had something to prove in the director's chair. The film was good, but it felt that the filmmakers tried too hard at making a memorable drama. In the end, the film was entertaining, but you could clearly see that the film tried too hard at being more than what it was, and it didn't end up being the film that it could have been. Luckily the performances here save the film, and also it does show that Washington is capable as director, but for this first directorial effort, he tried a bit too hard at delivering a drama that just made you want more out of the film. If you're a fan of Denzel Washington, this is worth seeing, but it's not a truly memorable drama. It's more of a good drama that could have been improved upon. But for what it is, it's nonetheless an engaging picture that relies on a good story and is saved with engrossing performances by its cast.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2009
    A Film that from start to finish has you in it'sgrip, so tight it won't let go and ends up with a bone crushin g ending. "Three out of four" Stars. High Reccomendation.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2008
    outstanidng movie cant think of anything bad to say about denzil in this movie he was totally world class as his role and so was derek luke the story line was emotional and delecate so have say directors were brave for doing it
    Lone W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2008
    Very good story, will have to watch this one again
    Lee K Super Reviewer

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