Reviewing and Previewing the World of Film

Preview: 50/50

I laughed, I cried, I smiled in just the few minutes of the trailer for Seth Rogen’s new movie, 50/50. The film is loosely based on Rogen’s personal experiences dealing with a friend, Will Reiser who is also a screenwriter for the film, with cancer and their journey together. Rogen’s friend  is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his character is renamed Adam for the film. Adam is a healthy young man, but even his claims that he doesn’t drink or smoke (and that he recycles) do not stop  his sudden diagnosis of a tumor in his spine. Now a cancer story may seem bleak and morbid to some (or way too cliche), but the trailer promises a story with a message that “you can’t change your position, just how you deal with it.” And this message, if portrayed well, will permeate and really affect the viewer. I am really looking forward to this one, and I expect that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will put on a stellar performance as always. The film will be released September 30th.

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