Watch: Anesthesia 2015 123movies, Full Movie Online – Philosophy professor Walter Zarrow is wounded during a mugging. In an effort to escape he rings buzzers indiscriminately, waking Sam, a middle aged father of two having an affair in the city. Sam reluctantly answers Zarrow’s pleas, and Zarrow loses consciousness in his arms. Through an exploration of why these men, along with the mugger, and an addict named Joe, come together, we explore New York City. The experience of Zarrow, Sam, Joe and Zarrow’s assailant ripple quickly out to include the connected lives of a housewife struggling with alcoholism, a stoner teen desperate to lose his virginity, a brilliant but failed writer fighting addiction, two parents confronting the prospect of terminal illness, and a brilliant grad student who wounds herself to feel alive..
Plot: Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor.
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Greetings again from the darkness. The comparisons to Crash, the 2006 Oscar winner for Best Picture, will be numerous and understandable. However, rather than an expose’ on racial tension, writer/director/actor Tim Blake Nelson turns his pen and lens towards the somewhat less profound, though still fruitful subject matter of suburban angst amidst the educated elite.
An opening featuring a violent mugging on the stoop of a NYC brownstone grabs our attention quickly, and rather than follow the immediate aftermath, we are instead taken back in time to study the characters and events leading to that tragic moment. The tangled web of intertwined stories is made up of no fewer than fifteen different characters, each of whom is impacted by what happens in that opening sequence.
Sam Waterston plays a beloved Columbia University Philosophy Professor who is exceedingly happily married to Glenn Close. Director Tim Blake Nelson plays their son, who is married to Jessica Hecht, and together they have a teenage son and daughter (Ben Konigsberg, Hannah Marks). Michael K Williams plays a big shot attorney who forces his best friend (K Todd Freeman) into drug rehab with a renowned doctor (Yul Vazquez), while Gretchen Mol plays the mother of two daughters and wife of Corey Stoll.
All of the above might seem simple enough, but Mr. Nelson’s script jumbles things up for each character just like what happens in real life. Waterston discovers that his prized pupil (Kristen Stewart) has psychological issues and needs professional help – just as he decides it’s time to retire from teaching. While their kids are smoking pot and exploring sexual frontiers, Hecht and Nelson are dealing with a medical dilemma. During his rehab, Freeman is quietly confronted by a nurse while being let down by his only friend; and as Ms. Mol turns to the bottle to numb her daily pain, her hubby is making plans with someone else (Mickey Sumner) and China may or may not play a role. Whew!!
Daily life creates many opportunities. Some of these turn out good, while others seem destined to create pain. It’s that pain sometimes quite arbitrary and how we deal with it, which is at the core of these characters and their stories. There is also the always-present quest for truth and search for the meaning of life. We know we are in for a ride when Waterston’s character says “I used to believe in nothing. Now I believe in everything.” Worlds colliding at every turn keep the pace of the film brisk, and the familiar cast of actors allows us to easily accept each of the characters. A bit more polish on the script could have elevated this, but even as is, the film delivers a worthy punch, and has us questioning if we should be “planting cabbages” (Montaigne).
Good enough to write a review
So every night I watch a random movie (or two) on Hulu or Netflix – usually Hulu. I’m not picky about genres or anything. Honestly, I just scroll until I see an intriguing title or cover. Tonight, I watched “Anesthesia”. I normally do not love “realistic” movies, but I was impressed with this one. If you enjoy more philosophical movies, give this one try. I feel like it didn’t get the recognition it deserved. It stops and makes you realize how much each person matters, and that while there is bad in world… there is also good – at least, that’s what it did for me.
I enjoyed it so much, I created an account just to write this one review.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min)
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Tim Blake Nelson
Writer Tim Blake Nelson
Actors Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll
Country United States
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Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
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