Review of HBO's The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Director: George C. Wolfe
Writers: Rebecca Skloot (Book), Peter Landesman, Alexander Woo, George C. Wolfe
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, Renee Elise Goldsberry
MPAA Rating: TV - MA
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An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

When you want the truth of a story to be told you go and write one your self. When Henrietta Lacks passed away her cells were "donated" for testing to find an immortal cell that can continually be tested on. Talking with the family is what Rebecca Skloot wants to do so that she can shed light onto the human being whom changed science forever.

Want a good laugh? I went into this film thinking it was a science-fiction type story. I totally thought that Oprah Winfrey was suppose to have an immortal life...and that she was Henrietta Lacks. You can tell that I don't really know much about history so I didn't realize that this was a true story.

So when it started and it showed me that it was real I was blind sided. Literally sat there thinking that the science-fiction part was going to happen soon. I've seen The Fourth Kind - it makes you believe that the science fiction that is taking place has happened at some point in time. But then about a half hour into it I realized I really had no idea what kind of movie this was, but that I was loving it.

Oprah Winfrey does such an amazing job playing Deborah Lacks. Loving daughter of Henrietta and someone who just wants her mom to be known for who she was. And Rose Byrne - I saw her in Insidious and really didn't like her from then on. But in this role she was perfect and I couldn't have pictured anyone else playing her.

This movie is definitely a feel good movie, a historical movie that makes you think about how you would react if Henrietta had been your mother. It's a family movie at heart and it makes you really appreciate what you have even if you don't realize what the movie is making you feel until the end.

If you hadn't planned on seeing this I really think you should. And I should let those out there who were like me know that this is not a science fiction film. This is a film that takes you on an emotional journey and shows you the life of Henrietta Lacks.

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