Friday, January 24 2014, 07:40 AM MST
Sundance 2014: Alive Inside - A Story of Music & Memory
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett
Category: U.S. Documentary
Recommended to: Those interested in the effect that music can have on those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Synopsis: A look at how music can help those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia to reawaken their minds.
Review: The subject matter is very interesting, but the film itself is sloppily made. The filmmakers try to balance the impact of music on the elderly suffering from Alzheimer's and the current state of the nursing home industry and it's complete reliance on prescription medication and traditional treatments. The film's strongest moments are when we see the elderly come alive when they hear music and the interviews with Dr. Oliver Sacks. The film's final act, where it essentially turns into an infomercial might raise some funds, but it makes for a terrible ending.
-Ryan Michael Painter