55 Steps (2017)

“Tell me, when you were a nurse, you never gave drugs to patients without their informed consent?” – Hospital’s Lawyer

“No. Never. I always felt it was my primary responsibility to care for the patient, not manage them for my own convenience.” – Colette Hughes

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A patient’s right activist is drawn into the world of a women in a psychiatric ward that wants to be able to choose whether she is given treatment or not.

My Take on it – This is another film that I came across by accident without knowing anything about it.

The premise is actually a fascinating and important one to tell.

They have a great cast led by Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter who both give stellar performances here.

Bonham Carter really stands out in every scene she’s in due to the way that she is able to play her character in a very realistic and in some scenes, heart wrenching manner.

The fact that this is based on real events adds to the impact of things because the cause that these characters are trying to deal with is so important.

The way that they try to advocate for patients and their rights in order to change the law is done in a compelling fashion.

Unfortunately, the pacing of the story is quite slow and that hurts things a bit.

The film is also a bit too long and might have been better served if they would have trimmed it a bit in order to make certain scenes come across in a tighter way.

Bottom Line – Fascinating premise with a great cast that moves a bit too slowly for its own good. Swank and Bonham Carter are both at their best here and help make us understand the kind of issues that they must deal with. The story is based on real events and that adds much to the impact of this story because these characters really set out to achieve a way for the law to be changed in favor of the patients and their rights. Bonham Carter stands out among the rest of the cast because of the way that she plays this character in such a realistic and heart wrenching manner.  The film is a bit too long and would probably have been even better had they tightened up some of the scenes along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Morton Cohen continued teaching law until two months before his death on April 12, 2018, at the age of 82. While he was in the hospital, in his last weeks, he was still working on a case advocating for better treatment for elder patients in nursing homes. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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