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Proof (2005)

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, more...
Director: John Madden, John Madden
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Studio: Miramax
Running Time: 99 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
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A woman struggles to come to terms with the potentially dangerous legacy of her late father in this drama based on the award-winning stage play by David Auburn. Catherine (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant and well-known mathematician. While Robert's skill in the world of numbers still appears to be strong, his grip on reality begins to slip away, and as Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may have inherited her father's mental illness along with his mathematical genius. After Robert's passing, Catherine is confronted by Hal (Jake Gyllenhaal), a gifted but zealous student of Robert's who wants to look through the late man's notes in hopes of finding his last great work. While Catherine is hesitant to look too deeply into her father's work for fear of what it might suggest about her own future, she allows Hal to do so, and when one notebook reveals a mathematical proof of potentially historic proportions, it sets off shock waves in more ways than one. Proof also stars Hope Davis as Catherine's well-meaning but shallow sister, who doubts Catherine's ability to take care of herself. Paltrow had previously played Catherine to stellar reviews during the original play's run in London's West End. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Too many styles by kinaidos April 23, 2006 - 5:27 PM PDT
The first scene of the film seems like a filmed play with some slightly disruptive edits. After that the film can't seem to settle on a register. The theatrically acted scenes are really quite good, but the movie like scenes are ho-hum and don't really fit very well. (e.g. the cofrontation between the two sisters and JG starts of as a piece of theatre shot out doors, the camera angles start to open up and become chaotic, and pretty soon JG is running after the car.) I'm not sure how you turn a play into a film but simple segues into flim schtick aren't the way.
I think it would have been wiser to save the film medium for atmosphere and film the piece without the film-stuff tossed in for good measure.
Also this is the first thing I've seen JG in in which he actually showed some acting talent. He seems more cut out to be a stage actor than a film actor. He's good at establishing presence in a scene.

Proof (Pretty) Positive by talltale March 8, 2006 - 3:26 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
A decent version of the worthwhile Broadway play, PROOF is intelligent--if a bit staid and by-the-numbers--play/screenwriting. If you've seen the legitimate theatre version, some of the surprise and novelty will be gone, although the fine performances from the screen cast will make up somewhat for this lack. If you're a relatively sophisticated patron of the arts and this is your initial viewing, you're probably in for a good time. If you've already seen the play, you'll have to judge this adaptation against the earlier incarnation.

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