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Film Review - Brain on Fire


Writer/director Gerard Barrett most likely commenced production on “Brain on Fire” with a sincere effort to shed light on the medical emergency that consumed Susannah Cahalan, a twentysomething woman suddenly faced with a darkened world of psychological breakdown, with doctors unable to understand just what was happening to her. It’s a true story, chronicled in Cahalan’s book, and there’s some evidence in the feature that it was, at one point, aiming to condemn the diagnosis process, suggesting that medical professionals are too quick to dispatch a patient when the going gets tough. It’s a little reckless, but Barrett doesn’t have much of a film without it. “Brain on Fire” isn’t hardcore journalism or even effective melodrama, remaining in a tedious T.V. movie holding pattern where crisis is everything and character is simplified to help connect the dots.  Read the rest at


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