“The Good Doctor” (2011 American movie) review

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Intro

I decided to watch this movie at Cinequest 2012 because there was only one viewing of it, and it was a movie with an actor I have heard of in Orlando Bloom. I assumed he was going to portray a doctor since it’s in the title. I was curious to see how he really acts outside of films with mega budgets.

Plot

Dr. Martin Blake is a first year doctor who aspires to have the praise of his fellow colleagues and others around him. When a young patient notices his talents, he does everything in his power to keep her around so that he can keep earning those praises. What he has to do is dodge all the blackmailing and covering his tracks so no one would know his true motives.

Good

As a psychosexual movie, it had all the twists and turns of a thriller. It had enough of a pace to keep you guessing about what would happen next.

I was also surprised at Orlando Blooms acting using the American dialect as I assumed he would go for his natural British. He did a great job portraying an American character as it would have been so much easier and comfortable to play a Brit in America.

Bad

Story wise, I felt that there were some story flaws. If Dr. Martin Blake was a first year doctor, he shouldn’t aspire for praises and recognition. His job is to cure and help patients to a recovery, not to gain the love and support of everyone. You mean to tell me he would risk his high paying job as a doctor for something that silly?

Overview

I am surprised that Orlando Bloom can adequately act without the special effects and action scenes. I’m only aware of his roles as a pirate or a bow wielding elf. To see him in a modern era role with a real job was a bit refreshing.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic

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