3 1/2 StarsFollowing brain surgeon Henry Marsh through his desperate attempt to help those in need in the Ukraine, The English Surgeon paints an incredible picture of life and loss. This is the type of documentary that can bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes without being preachy. Mr. Marsh is an entertaining character throughout the film. The movie builds up to an amazing brain surgery scene, in which Marsh operates on a fully awake man under cramped and poor conditions.
On our journey towards this climactic scene we see how the poor Ukraine medical system works, or really doesn’t work. The leap of faith that Marsh takes to do this work is boldly displayed in how he weighs the option of surgery for a patient versus doing nothing at all. This is a must see film.