Decoding Annie Parker

Decoding Annie Parker

DVD - 2014
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The true story of American geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt), and the friendship she forged with breast-cancer patient Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) while searching for the link between DNA and cancer. Parker was just 11 when she lost her mother to breast cancer. Seven years later, her father has passed away as well. Married to Paul (Aaron Paul) at 19, Annie is expecting her first child when her older sister, too, succumbs to the same disease that claimed their mother. Meanwhile, esteemed research scientist King is on the verge of a scientific breakthrough that could revolutionize cancer treatment and perhaps save Parker's life. But first King must convince her skeptical colleagues that some individuals are genetically predisposed to cancer -- a theory that's been largely rejected by the scientific community. Later, as an optimistic Parker fights to remain brave for the sake of her young son, the two women find their fates intertwined, and King makes a discovery that will forever alter the way that cancer is diagnosed and treated.
Publisher: Port Washington, NY : Entertainment One, c2014.
ISBN: 9781417242276
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 100 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 21, 2016

I totally agree with the previous comment (readyrisa's) and analysis of the movie. I would give the rating a 2. Samantha Morton's performance is very robust. Helen Hunt's performance is underwhelming. As discussed, this movie could have been so much more.

Nov 24, 2016

Decoding Annie Parker tells the real life story of Toronto housewife Annie Parker (Samantha Morton), a three time cancer survivor who believes that the cancer she has got and has killed various members of her family was due to more than just bad luck and environmental factors and geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) who led a team of researchers for more than twenty years and found the breast cancer BRCA gene mutation which showed that cancer can be hereditary.

The film is underwhelming and I think the fault lies with the director for not making the best of this story.

Mar 26, 2016

Subtitles are a good size, white with no background
Awesomely heartwarming & strengthening 'based on true events' movie. Only reason I took half a star off is because it switches between people, which at first is confusing, then just annoying. Otherwise it shows how if you truly believe something, pursue it, against all odds. Also, love that its Canadian. Inspiring.

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