Lorenzo's Oil | Film Review



There is a genetic disorder known as ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy). It mainly occurs with male boys from ages six to ten. It's possible a female can get it, but it is very unlikely. ALD is a deadly disease, and for the longest time, had no cure. The only way you can get this genetic disorder is from the mother's family. It is passed on from woman to woman until one has a son. The movie Lorenzo's Oil (dir. George Miller) was based upon a true story regarding the ALD disorder.
   Little Lorenzo (Noah Banks/Zack O'Malley Greenburg) grew up as a very buoyant boy. He was raised in Africa with his family until it was time to move back to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He began to throw tantrums for no apparent reason. Soon enough, he became hard of hearing and prone to injuring himself in some way. His parents, Augusto (Nick Nolte) and Michaela (Susan Sarandon), decided to take him into the doctor, only to find that their son is suffering from Adrenoleukodystrophy, and had a few years to live.
   A doctor later, Lorenzo was put on a diet, which Michaela and Augusto found to be useless. They began researching day and night to understand everything possible about ALD. Time goes by, and Lorenzo becomes less and less able to do things. He can no longer walk, speak, or barely open his eyes. After countless months of no sleep, seizures, nurses, and stress, Michaela and Augusto find a cure for ALD. They created an oil in which it's isolated from conola oil and olive oil. They added it to his diet, and he became healthier over time.


I can easily say the film was genius. Miller made the experience touch hearts. I felt as if I were there; everything was so life-like. I researched for an hour, in one of my classes, about the ALD disorder. I looked left and right for actor Noah Banks with no possible evidence he existed. Not even a photo pulled up. This movie had me hooked. It made me think for days straight, "How would it feel if my very own son had only a certain amount of time to live?"
   Susan Sarandon had to be my all time favorite actress in the entire film. Not only was her beauty breathtaking, but she convinced me the most. Sarandon's reactions and promise never to give up on her son made me understand what she felt — felt the pain in her body from the long nights of research and child-caring.

I also did some research on Lorenzo Odone, himself. He died in his home in Fairfax, Virginia on May 30th, 2008, 26 years after his first diagnosis. It was exactly one day after his 30th birthday. 


I was absolutely touched by Lorenzo's Oil. I feel very inspired to go check and make sure I have no genetic diseases in my family, just in case I do have kids. Once again, Miller, your work was brilliant.

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