Recovery (2013) – By Brian Morton

People have accidents every day, but, unless you’re in one, or are part of one, we really don’t think about the consequences. Well, a new movie by Ryan Monolopolus, Recovery, follows a young man who was in a devastating accident and managed to recover.

Matthew Faulkner was on his way to high school, when the car he was in was hit by a truck. He spent months in a coma, his family not knowing if he would live or die, only to have him emerge from the coma and make a quite miraculous recovery. And, while he’s not exactly where he was before the accident, he’s able to live on his own, and the only thing he seems to have lost is the memory of the day of the accident. The film tells us the story from the day of the accident through the current day with Matthew graduating college and getting a job.

While Recovery is Matthew’s story, it’s about much more than that, it’s about what recovery is, how it changes you and how the human spirit can overcome almost anything that’s thrown at it. Matthew is the embodiment of hope, his attitude isn’t changed from before the accident, if anything, his optimism is something for all of us to aspire to. I’m giving Recovery 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s a doc that should be shown to people who are in danger of giving up hope, and, while every accident doesn’t end with the amazing outcome that eventually happened to Matthew, it’s what everyone should be hoping for in that instance. You can find out more about Recover and Matthew Faulkner over at