I first thought, well, given the title of the movie, it would be no more than a corny romance until recently I saw in a blog online which obscurely mentioned the fierce academic discussion atmosphere as one scene of the movie, I was at length intrigued to watch it. I like the way it reveals the inner private world of the protangonist, John Nash, a genius whose ideas of governing dynamics made a breakthrough of great magnitude after years of arduous work in Princeton, overthrowing Adam Smith's indisputable economic theory for over 150 years. By that, he achieves his long-held wish of moving into Wheeler Lab where he met William Parcher, the big boss behind all biggest projects of the U.S. Department of Defence and started his classified spy work during which he also got married with one attracting and ambitious student Alicia... Well...let's take a pause here, I thought, okay, so the rest half of the movie is gonna talk about those challenging missions he is assigned to and the pivotal role he plays, or maybe adding in some twists and turns like getting stuck in a predicament where new progress is hard to achieve or identity leakage, assascination from Soviet's sleeper agents or even betrayal by the trusted...all these elements are arresting enough to make a regular good movie. But I was wrong, by a large margin. It turns out that all the risky work and governmental officials are imaginary, and even his best friend, the prodigal roommate who has been in his company during the graduate years back in Princeton is no exception. And I was not a little bewildered, and asked, "Is that so? They are so real, though." "How could it be possible at all?" "What on earth is going on?" Yes, the real story turns out to be suprisingly beyond our expectation. Nash has been suffering Schizophrenia as early as in the beginning of the film. He is then being kept in a psychiatric hospital and forced to receive terrifying medical treatment. Such a poor being he is rendered. However, the upside of the tragedy is that his wife Alicia has always been in his support. After a second severe bout of the hallucinations due to wayward stoppage of regular drug taking in secret, he nearly loses his family. This time, nevertheless, after sincere talks of Alicia and the psychiatrist, he insisted on not going back to the hospital but trying to work out solutions by his own fortitude. He goes back to Princeton, where with the help of his old competitor but now friend Hanson, and he is able to continue his studies in a corner of the library.Then two decades approximately passes during which he still sees those unreal old friends of his and never stops fighting against them, by deliberate ignoring mostly. He is also detached and alone in his regular daily routine on campus, which brings him not a little mockery and taunt by young students. One day, the encounter with a young student and the following academic discussion in the library brings him opportunities of going back to the normal daily social interactions with people around. He resumes the job of teaching and does pretty well in that. As time keeps elapsing, eventually one day, he is visited by a member of the Nobel Prize Committee...his contribution to the world is finally recognized by the academic world and the public. A pleasant ending for a not so pleasant story.
Among all scenes, the one that every scholar pays tribute to Nash on recognition by presenting his pen before Nash on the table touches me the most and deepest. Recognition is the word what every great professor like Nash pursues in the course of his painstaking career and sacrificial life. Though I'm just an ordinary person and never familiar with any genius in the real life, I feel myself able to empathize with the sufferings Nash has gone through. Though with some little alterations to the true story, I gotta say that the movie is really a satisfactory piece of work.