I watched the DVD of “AWAKENINGS” recently, with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.
It was a real story about people suffering from encephalitis. Robert De Niro played a patient suffering from this serious disease. It was so scary and sad because the victims became unable to move gradually, and eventually, they became unable to move or speak at all. The patients’ families took care of them for a long time.
There were a lot of doctors in the hospital, but they never tried to find how they might be able to cure that disease. One day, a new doctor came to the hospital, and he tried to find a drug to help cure that disease. Due to his efforts, finally, he found an effective drug, and the patients became able to move, speak, walk, and so on…
One of the patients, played by Robert De Niro, “awakened” from a long “sleep”. The scene in which he and his mother meet at the hospital for the first time after his awakening was very touching! I could easily understand his mother’s happiness.
The guy played by Robert De Niro came to like a girl, and it was so sad because he couldn’t be together with her, because of his disease.
Robert De Niro and Robin Williams’ acting were excellent. It was such a serious, but good, movie.