A man seeks to unlock the mysteries of his family's tragic past in this drama. Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist who has resigned a prestigious position at a major university to take a job at the Millwood Clinic, a private residential facility run by one Dr. Reed (William Hurt). Riley tells Reed he was inspired to come to Millwood by ...Read MoreA man seeks to unlock the mysteries of his family's tragic past in this drama. Zach Riley (Aaron Eckhart) is a psychiatrist who has resigned a prestigious position at a major university to take a job at the Millwood Clinic, a private residential facility run by one Dr. Reed (William Hurt). Riley tells Reed he was inspired to come to Millwood by the case of a family friend who was a patient there years before, but what Riley doesn't mention is the person in question was his father, T.L. Pierson (Nick Nolte), a successful but reclusive children's author whose book "Neverwas" became a remarkable critical and popular success. For all his talent and success, Pierson was haunted by mental illness and drug addiction, and after leaving Millwood he committed suicide, with young Zach finding the body. Ever since, his mother (Jessica Lange) has been bitter and blamed Zach for Pierson's death, and he's come to Millbrook looking for answers and closure regarding his dad. While working with the patients at Millwood, Riley strikes up a friendship with Gabriel (Ian McKellen), a charming older man with a poor connection to reality who was friendly with Pierson when they were both in treatment there; Riley also renews his childhood friendship with Maggie Blake (Brittany Murphy), a Millwood intern who was powerfully affected by "Neverwas" when she was young. Neverwas is the first feature film from writer and director Joshua Michael Stern. Mark Deming, RoviRead Less
Though I'm a grandmother, nearing 68, I'm still a child. I love stories such as this one! The dialogue is sometimes difficult to understand, though, due to insufficient volume at times. Later, after turning the volume up in order to understand the dialogue, it soon boomed to undesirable levels (not good for viewing when others in the household are tryng to sleep.) Nonetheless, I heartily endorse it, not only for its clever turns in the plot, but for its very attractive scenery and props (such as the beautiful watercolor renderings in the "Neverwas" memorabilia, items left by the troubled author, who is father of the now-grown son for whom he wrote the book. Cuddle up with your grandchildren, as well as their parents, to watch this lovely movie. Fairy tales sometimes come true!