The movie tells the story of a single father, Aaron Roberts, who destroys his life in an instant, in an accident portrayed as a culmination of stress and sadness. Roberts was driving while intoxicated and ran a red light, leading to a crash that claimed the life of the other driver. He ends up in prison and his daughter becomes a ward of the state. The prison walls become a metaphor for the confining boundaries we build in our minds and from which, the movie suggests, we must all try to escape if we want to be happier and reach our full potential. As Roberts gradually transforms his outlook inside the prison cell on the movie set, the experts tell the rest of us how to do this in a more metaphorical sense.
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The film ... invokes a good deal of science to back up the simple, uplifting argument that we all have the power to change our lives by changing our own minds. The message is not unlike that of many life coaches, but the arguments are more subtle and interesting than the platitudes I usually hear. Here are some lessons the film extracts from the science ... .
If you liked The Secret, The Shadow Effect, or What The Bleep Do We Know!? then you're sure to love this docudrama by Austin Vickers.
Because I am curious, I will probably view the movie. Even if it turns out to be too New Agey for me, I certainly will enjoy the location: Old Main Prison of the New Mexico State Penitentiary . I've already blogged about the prison, and lived near it for a number of years. It's a spooky yet enchanting, even captivating, site of confinement. Seeing the prison will be worth the ticket price.
Planning to see People v. The State of Illusion? Let me know what you think.
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Note (added April 21, 2012): Click to read a review of the movie from The Hollywood Reporter.