Phenomenon (Brain tumor)

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"I always said George Malley had something extra to offer" -- Doc, about George at his birthday party. On the night of his 37th birthday, after a party thrown by the town in his honor, well-loved mechanic and "regular guy" George Malley (John Travolta) witnesses a strange phenomenon: a bright approaching light and BOOM...life is never the same. Almost immediately he begins solving previously incomprehensible problems with ease, reading several books a night, sensing ULF (ultralow frequency) waves that herald earthquakes, learning foreign languages in 20 minutes and deciphering encrypted military codes. A few medical tests later, his doctor (Robert Duvall) reveals that a rare and extremely invasive brain tumor (astrocytoma) is responsible for his enhanced mental abilities, and that his time remaining is extremely limited. But the chase is on -- the military is after him to crack codes, the medical establishment wants his brain for research, and the local townsfolk want him to share his "UFO" story and the "trick" behind his telekinetic powers, while George just wants to spend his last days with his best friend, Nate Pope (Forest Whitaker) and love interest Lace Hinnamon (Kyra Sedgwick), and leave the world a larger legacy through his discoveries in agriculture and solar energy research.

A very enjoyable film with well-considered observations on human nature, in individuals as well as in groups (i.e., community, military, medical research establishment). Topics for further discussion: did George make the right decision in not helping the military or medical research groups? Who should decide how and where a possibly mentally compromised individual spends his last days? What problems would you work on solving if you had enhanced abilities and limited time? Inspiring soundtrack includes Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Diana Ross and the Supremes.


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