Monday, November 10, 2014

You're safe now.

Earlier this year, I watched Captain Phillips. The whole movie is good, but the last scene was so moving. Here it is, though out of context it's not quite as affecting.

You know who I think totally steals the show? The medic. Her voice, her mannerisms, the way she talks to the injured person, WOW. When I watched that scene, I was instantly reminded of all my (few, thankfully) major hospitalizations - tonsillectomy and childbirths, basically. That scene took me back to how it feels when you're in pain, and your body doesn't quite feel like your own, and there is someone there patting your hand and telling you it's going to be ok.

I was so impressed by that woman's performance that I looked it up a while ago and I think I remember reading that she is not an actress at all, but an actual medic. Which makes a lot of sense.

Does this scene bring back in-the-hands-of-medical-professionals feelings for any of you?

10 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

It does - it reminds me of the births I've attended. Strangely, it doesn't remind me of my own births as much, but it definitely reminds me of a couple of births I've been to where things have been a bit scarier or more intense, and I've been lucky enough to be that person saying "look at me, you're ok, everything is going to be fine, just take deep breaths."

I haven't even seen this whole movie, and that clip brought tears to my eyes.

Jen said...

I haven't seen the movie, either. (And until now, didn't take it very seriously, which, to be fair, is how I approach most movies.) This has piqued my interest.

Bridget said...

What, you guys? You have to see this movie! It's the most understated rah-rah America film you'll ever see (maybe). I'm sorry to have spoiled the last scene for you!

Jen said...

Oh, I have no doubt! I tend to avoid movies in general, because I have some sort of movie-induced narcolepsy...which is weird...I haven't seen a movie in the theatre since we saw "Lincoln" in 2012. But I think we'll put this one on the list! I like rah-rah movies!

Crys said...

It was a great movie! I totally forgot about that. What I love is that is totally her medic voice. I'm telling you when she is out with friends or yelling at her kids she has another voice ;). When I went to see j working at the hospital this summer one of the things that really hit me of oh he is really a doctor now was he had a pediatricians voice when he was talking to the mom and kid. I mean this kids belly was the size of a basketball and her catheter bag was full of white chunks and she was breathing so fast and he was so kind and I'm going to even use the word loving as he got the nurse and started the oxygen and meds and explained it all to the mom because when all that activity starts and you can stay calm but compassionate and not distant I think that really is an act of love. It reminds me of all my friends who taught elementary school. They all had a teacher voice that was so different from their regular voice. It was amazing.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

I've seen Captain P. twice and love that medic. The poor guy is about to erupt he's so distraught, but she does her job and keeps the lid on.

When I had unplanned plastic surgery last year on my foot, the doc just oozed compassion. If he had been cardboard or distant, I fear I would have lost it. And in the hospital when they stuck a probe into the wound every half hour, calm and controlled nurses meant everything. At the wound clinic, oh my, angels from heaven. It definitely takes a particular personality to be an effective health care worker.

Sarah Cook said...

I don't have many experiences to compare something like this to, but YES. That last scene was incredibly moving and really made you feel like you were there experiencing what he was experiencing.

Sarah Cook said...

I also loved the book.

Craig said...

This scene reminds me so much of the emergency room after my ambulance ride after my bike accident. Except I was lying on my back and trying not to move as they cut off my clothing to inspect my injuries. All the medical professionals were so competent and kind, it made a terrific impression on me.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the recommendation. We watched this tonight. Wow, it was great. I purposely didn't watch this clip here so it wouldn't ruin the movie for me and I'm glad I didn't. She did do a great job, and she isn't an actor like you said--just the medic that was on board the ship they were shooting the movie on.

https://www.yahoo.com/movies/bp/real-life-navy-medic-gets-surprise-acting-debut-211216628.html

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