The Physician


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Ben Kingsley as Ibn Sina
Tom Payne as Rob Cole
Emma Rigby as Rebecca
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988.24 MB
24.000 fps
2hr 30 min
P/S 7 / 48
2.05 GB
24.000 fps
2hr 30 min
P/S 9 / 44

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ali Besharatian 1 / 10

Inaccurate, flashy, lavishly produced, and ridiculously stupid.

Not only is this film historically inaccurate, but it is also terribly unlikely, childish and ridiculously stupid. It tells the story of an uneducated English barber, who (with no knowledge of Persian, Arabic, Hebrew, and more importantly, no knowledge of philosophy, mathematics, medicine, etc. and perhaps a total illiterate), disguised as a Jew, travels to Isfahan to seek medicine training from the greatest physician of the world, Avicenna.

Up to this point, the movie is a total work of fiction (except that Avicenna was actually the greatest physician of the time and Isfahan was a center of civilization), and highly unlikely, but not quite stupid yet. The shameless stupidity starts when this young man (again, with no knowledge of Persian, Arabic, Hebrew, philosophy, mathematics, medicine, etc.) attends Avicenna's classes without any problem, and in few months(!) starts guiding Avicenna in treating different diseases! He even helps Avicenna to realize that plague is transmitted by rats! Seriously?! The greatest physician/philosopher (and a polymath) of the 11th century, whose books were taught at most European universities as late as 1650, does not know something in medicine (of course no shame), but an uneducated barbarian lad does discover confidently! Great!

More ridiculously, this lad (who has come from a time England was full of superstitions and religious dogma) is shown advising the great philosopher to grow up of his religious dogma(!) and dissect corpses for medical purposes!… He even takes a 20th century "human rights activist" tone when saying this "let's dissect" advice to Avicenna!… Were the creators of this movie high on something?!… Perhaps they were, because they later show that this barbarian dissects a corpse, performs a colon surgery(!) on (and upon the order of) a drunk(!) Shah who goes to war with the Seljuks right after the surgery!… And during these all great "scientific" discoveries that the barbarian does, the great Avicenna appears no more than an assistant!… There is also a very "cheap" parallel love-sex story, as well as quite a few 21st-century(!) urban-Persian conversations going on in the background…

The historical inaccuracy is not the main thing annoying me here: It is rather the stupidity and unlikeliness that annoys me the most. This movie is as ridiculously stupid as if it was telling a story in which Sir Isaac Newton has a Mongolian student who speaks with him in Mongolian, and shows him the true scientific method, helps him develop calculus and ultimately spreads Newton's science around the world, while escaping with his Jewish lover during the "Napoleonic" wars! Probably some Ali-Baba also appears during the "Napoleonic" wars too! Ah, yes, and Newton commits suicide when he realizes his library is flooded by the Vikings! (as in the movie Avicenna commits suicide, in more of a nihilistic 20th century gesture, when he realizes the Seljuks set his library on fire)…

No, the historical true Avicenna did not commit suicide. He did not have any English students. He did not die in Isfahan, nor around the time that Isfahan was defeated by the Seljuks. Moreover, no one around that era was able to teach Avicenna how to do medicine. No one was able to perform a colon surgery during that time (still, even in 21st century, no patient is able to fight in a war right after a colon surgery), and finally, English was not among the spoken languages in 11th century Persia…. If the creators of this movie really wanted to produce such a childish fairy-tail, why did they even bother themselves using the name (and abusing the reputation) of a real historical figure?! They could have introduced some bogus character in a fictional country that well matched their boring fairy-tail.

Besides the historical inaccuracy and childish unlikeliness, I do not see any artistic achievement in the movie either: just lavish production, resulting in an unnecessarily long/boring movie (that reveals nothing about Avicenna's youth/life/achievements), and flashy scenes, bad clichéd acting, depicting inaccurate architectures, clothing, races, faces, etc. Quite a blockbuster garbage that stupidly tries to tell us very unlikely lies about the history and life of (one of) the greatest physician of all time.

Reviewed by RoBi Wass 1 / 10

This movie is a very good in visual effect but it is really bad in giving the right story.

First of all, If one wants to write about history you must make an effort to read about it. Even- though I don't read about Rob Cole any where in Ibn Sina's history, still I can bear adding him to the story but not not giving him all the credit to Ibn Sina's work. Everyone must knows or even heard about Ibn Sina, in the medical field. People still studying his work.

All I can say, it is not a good job to steal someone's work and give it to an imaginary character. Credit must be given!!!

Also, I would like to mention the language, the sitting of the movie. Isfahan is in Iran, who speaks Persian not Arabic, even though they are Muslims. How come the characters speaks Arabic?!!! The shah's interest looks like an Arabic prince interest, where in real life there are big majors different between Arabs and Persians.

Isfahan did not look like a The Arabian Nights from Thousand and One Nights, which again belongs to Arabs culture.

Reviewed by kriddirk 9 / 10

A good entertaining adventure movie made in the classical way

I am lucky I didn't read the book. In fact, the book and film of any story is always very different from each other and should be rated separately without comparing them. It is a 2:30 hours movie and it isn't boring at any moment. From the beginning till the end you are entertained by the story and the action. It is a big production, one of those you have to see in the theater due to the imagine, the landscapes, the special effects. And talking about the special effect; there are enough, but for once this movie is not an "ONLY and overloaded action" movie. Lately, most of the films are possible to see on the screen at home, because the imagine is not of that type a cine-screen is needed. This production is made like the classical big productions, like Lawrence of Arabia or The English Patient. So, enough action, not boring, entertaining and you can leave the theater in a relax status and not tired of all the car chases.

Tom Payne, Mr Kingsley and Skarsgard make a very good act.

Negative parts ?! Missing some link in the voyage between England and the Orient. Some unexplainable jumps in the story, which for sure are treated well in the book. But, it is not disturbing and quiet normal in a big story as this one.

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