Movie Review: My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

Starring: Abigail Breslin, Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin

Directed by: Nick Cassavetes

Anna Fitzgerald was created via in vitro for the sole purpose of being a genetic match and donor to her sister Kate who suffers with Leukaemia. After helping her sister for the entirety of her life Anna decides to take her parents to court so that she can be emancipated from them when it comes to anything medical.

From the trailer that I’ve seen of My Sister’s Keeper I could just tell that it was going to be a quality movie that was going to evoke an emotional response. It’s been a number of years since I saw the trailer but after much deliberation tonight was the night that my wife and I decided to sit down and go on the emotional journey that this movie had to offer.

My Sister’s Keeper is crammed full of stars that includes the likes of Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack and the sensational Abigail Breslin. All the big stars combined well to create a superb ensemble performance and even the less known actors involved in this movie were wonderful as everything just seemed to click together very nicely. When Abigail Breslin was a child actor she truly was sensational and it’s strange that her early success never really transitioned into her career as an adult. In this movie she plays Anna and as much as she wants to help her sister continue to fight against Leukaemia she has now drawn the line at donating anymore of her blood, cells or organs. She begins the process of suing her parents for the misuse of her body and wants emancipation from them when it comes to anything medical related. Her sister, Kate, was played by the equally incredible Sofia Vassilieva who played her part insanely well as she was so convincing throughout the different stages of her disease. Much like Breslin I’m surprised her great range of acting within this movie hasn’t landed her larger roles as she transitions from teen actor to adult. While I really didn’t like Cameron Diaz’s character, who played the mother of both Anna and Kate, I can’t fault her acting one bit. She doesn’t play these types of roles often enough but has shown here that’s she’s more than capable of producing emotionally draining dramatical performances.

As much as the story was largely depressing due to the nature of it, revolving around a 14 year old Leukaemia patient, the movie still had its fair share of charm and wit which was something that surprised me a little. The segment of the story where Kate finds love with fellow cancer sufferer Taylor was rather sweet and uplifting and really added a much needed respite from the sadness and gloominess of the rest of the story. The one aspect of the movie that really didn’t sit well with me however was the order in which the story unfolded. The movie relied on a lot of flashback sequences and it was cutting from past and present far too often for my liking and I would’ve much preferred the story be told in chronological order. I would’ve also liked to have seen more of the courtroom drama unfold between Anna and her mother, who contested her motion of emancipation, mainly so I could see more of Alec Baldwin.

Overall, My Sister’s Keeper is a wonderfully emotional story that was acted out beautifully by all involved. I’m quite surprised that this wasn’t nominated for any award at the major award ceremonies too as this is the type of movie that usually thrives at The Golden Globes and The Oscars. Certainly worth a watch although be prepared to have your heartstrings pulled upon several times throughout the duration.


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