In 1967 Detroit, engineering professor Robert Kearns patented an idea for intermittent windshield wipers--ones that aren't just set at on or off. He pitched the idea, without giving away the mechanics, to Ford, who stole the idea and didn't pay up. Two decades later, Kearns sued and won, with automakers coming to a settlement without admitting to any wrongdoing. Kearns, played affectionately by Kinnear, struggles to perfect his invention, testing the patience of his business partner (Mulroney) and his lawyer (Alda), while trying to squeeze in time for his loved ones. In the end, the audience is left to decide whether all those maddening years that resulted in ruined friendships and family strife were worth the payoff.
Flash of Genius is an incredibly frustrating film, a movie with a great central performance, excellent design, and an entire team whose heart is in the right place, but it's also a movie with a screenplay that never gets to the true heart of this fascinating story. One of the ...Read More
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