Thursday, February 5, 2009

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Movie Review

I was lucky enough to be able to get a sneak preview of A Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation- Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story courtesy of Role Mommy. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, I strongly suggest tuning into TNT on February 7 at 8p.m. (ET) Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kimberly Elise star in this inspirational movie that is based on a pediatric neurosurgeon's moving memoir.

It is based on the true story of Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, whose lifelong journey led him to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Children's Center, a best-selling author and a recipient of the Presidential medal of Freedom.

Gifted hands was adapted by award-winning writer John Pielmeier from the memoir penned by Carson and Cecil Murphey.

The film opens with Carson's childhood in Detroit. The young Bennie struggles in school after his father abandons the family and his mother, who suffers from bouts of depression, is forced to be the family's sole provider, despite the fact that she can't read and has only a third-grade education.

Seeing that her son is having problems in school, Sonya soon realizes it is because he has troubles seeing. With a new pair of glasses and encouragement to spend time at a library, Bennie dives into the world of books. The joy Bennie gets from reading and the undying love and support he receives from his mother pave the way for him to overcome his impoverished background and graduate from high school, college and medical school. To fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor, he also must face down racial prejudice and other obstacles that threaten to derail him.

Along the way, Carson gets married and starts a family. But his home life becomes strained when his work starts to consume his every waking hour, especially as he faces the challenge of becoming the first doctor ever to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the back of the head. In the end, however, Carson's family comes to understand that his work is vital in helping other families, including a young couple whose twins' lives are saved thanks to Carson's remarkable skills, knowledge and courage.

Today, Carson stands at the top of his field as one of the most respected pediatric neurosurgeons in the world. He is living proof that, with perseverance, a devotion to knowledge and the loving support of family and friends, one can overcome any obstacles. Like his mother did for him, Carson now pours everything he has into helping young people overcome their medical limitations and fulfill their own dreams.

Don't forget to watch this touching and inspirational movie on TNT February 7 at 8p.m. (ET). Let me know what you think of it!

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