The Movie "My Sister's Keeper" Essay

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My Sister’s Keeper
The movie “My Sister’s Keeper,” is based on the best-selling novel by Jodi Picoult; it explores the medical, legal, and ethical issues that pose a dilemma not revealed until the very end of the movie. The director, Nick Cassavetes, plays out an honest story that overwhelms his audience with waves of emotion by illustrating the daily battles of a young, genuine, and sincere cancer patient. Although an unfamiliar story to most, Mr. Cassavetes is able to grasp a sense of realism in the process of telling such a heartfelt and unfortunate life story of this cancer patient, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva). In short, Cassavetes tells a story that entails a family distorted by the leukemia of their first born daughter, Kate, whose disease was diagnosed when she was a toddler and has been constantly hospitalized since birth. To save her life her parents, Sara (Cameron Diaz) and Brian (Jason Patric), conceived another daughter to act as Kate’s donor, Anna (Abigail Breslin). Anna was genetically engineered for whenever Kate needed blood, bone marrow, and eventually a kidney. It presents many ethical dilemmas when this couple chooses to genetically engineer a baby for the sole purpose to take from one child to give to another. Anna Fitzgerald slowly begins to wonder about her place in the world and questions her ongoing donations in order to save her sister’s life. Anna clearly explains she feels that her existence is defined by her ability to save her sister. While the audience goes on a journey with the Fitzgerald family we find Kate is able experience normal life occurrences such as having a boyfriend although in different ways, her disease is a disease among the family as a whole, and that maybe sometimes letting go is better. “Most babies are accidents. Not me. I was engineered, born to save my sister's life,” were the exact words spoken by Anna Fitzgerald in the very beginning of the movie. Anna is an 11-year-old girl who was conceived in vitro as a...
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