The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) - Biography, Drama, History

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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: George C. Wolfe
Stars: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sylvia Grace Crim
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-MA
Reviews: 5 out of 40 found boring (12.5%)

One-line Reviews (16)

The movie is disjointed & makes little sense.

Now, is that good or bad - I'm not quite sure, but definitely entertaining.

Sadly, it was somewhat of a disappointment, especially if you have read the book and enjoyed it.

Too long, Too boring.

Whether you agree with it or not, it's still very fascinating story.

This was such an intense emotional scene in the book, especially finding out that after that moment, Deborah was on the verge of a stroke.

The book is fascinating - educates about science, and develops respect for the family and their mother's legacy.

Literally Pointless .

The movie introduces the family and concerns itself mostly with their intense anger at Johns Hopkins for being kept completely in the dark about the research.

Pointless .

Honestly, I was bored.

To me this movie animates many different ways of dealing with loss, grief, and intense resentment at unfair treatment.

Quite a pleasant surprise, I really enjoyed it.

And I enjoyed it this way, learning of the pain it causes the Lacks family reveals how intelligent society discards the poor and the meek, it's a life lesson of the realities of life.

I enjoyed it

The editing was disjointed and parts of the story seemed to be missing, jumping from one emotion or conversation to another with no explanation.