Flash of Genius Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney, Alan Alda Director: Marc Abraham To think Greg Kinnear was once one of those annoying microphone thrusters, leaning over the velvet ropes to grab a sound bite from passing celebrities. Since ditching tabloid TV and reinventing himself as an actor, Kinnear has charted a course between the sublime (As Good as it Gets) and the ridiculous (Mystery Men). Flash of Genius proves he's unafraid of taking chances and there's some depth behind that sunny, camera-ready smile. Who else, you might think, really cares about the life and times of the man who invented the windshield wiper? Well, thanks to Kinnear's enthusiasm, Flash of Genius becomes an enjoyable ride, even though you're never in any doubt about how things will end. As Dr Robert Kearns, Kinnear blends a believable mix of dorkiness and defiance. The man's invention was stolen by 'big business' and instead of taking a payoff and retreating quietly, he chose to fight. Director Marc Abraham breaks up the courtroom and corporate drama by dipping into what happened when Kearns went home - the pressures that came when he risked everything and the choices he was forced to make when he chose to take on the big boys. It's pure Hollywood treacle, but undeniably enjoyable. And Abraham makes a wise move by giving as much screen time as possible to his lead. In the end, Flash of Genius is a minor production, but the fact it is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things keeps you hooked until the end. Extras: Director's commentary track, deleted scenes.