I have to say that I was not moved at all. They seem to care about only money and kept going after financial compensations, not justice. Any family without a mother will have problems around it, no matter how the mother died or whether she turned into an immortal cell line or not. So save the pity. I wish the movie could educate more on the medical regulations back then and today. The movie did not detail on the drug tests they did on their mother or sister and should have spent more time on it instead of having Oprah showing off her ability of playing hysteric. These people have very little basic biology/medical knowledge and it can be extremely hard to teach them and make sure they stay objective about science and knowledge. They are after the money. They don't understand medicine or science. That's it.
If no consent was required from patient back then, they cannot sue Johns Hopkins. If it's just about donating a little cancer tissue for research, I don't think, even today, the patient gets any specific financial compensation for that. It does not matter what your little biopsy turns out to be in 50 years or longer. I don't see a lot of other unhumane drug tests described in the movie. It's all about Oprah's emotions, not history or science.
Oprah's performance is too dramatic. If the movie is about racism, then make it about racism. And that did not seem to be the center of the movie either.
Johns Hopkins did mis-reported the name of the patient in the first place, and called it Helen Lane. (For quite a while during my research career, I thought it was Helen...) They should do something about it. And I feel sorry about it, too.
When HBO first released the movie, I thought they were going to make a very objective documentary instead of this sh*t. Isn't it true that HBO is good at showing good documentaries? What happened to them wasting money on this...
Just want to be fair from the perspective of a medical researcher. Please don't take anything personally.