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Movie Review: Extraordinary Measures

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago

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Written 1/24/10

If there was a film that’s ever left me with a severe funny taste in my mouth, it’d have to be this one. Who the hell was this film intended for? I’m a lover of bio-pics, as they’re genuine in the sense of being able to carry a sense of magic and realism when it comes to story-telling due to the fact that well – it’s a story that actually TOOK PLACE in our lifetime and shouldn’t have post-puzzling feelings. However; this film truly defines the complete opposite.

From his working class roots, John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) has finally begun to taste success in corporate America. Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen (Keri Russell) and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. With Aileen by his side, harnessing all of his skill and determination, Crowley teams up with a brilliant, but unappreciated and unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford). Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight against the system and time. But, at the last minute, when it appears that a solution has been found, the relationship between the two men faces a final test - the outcome of which will affect the fate of John's children.

As appealing as this synopsis may sound… there’s lots of substance there for a great watch, but it was so upside down and uneven at times it just really got to me. I was actually considering leaving in the middle of the film, but as commitment to myself and my love of film, I didn’t.

Extraordinary Measures seemed something that appeared more to be a Lifetime Channel / Hallmark type of film quality, only with a better cast. And parts of this film are so shitty and unrealistic it makes it almost unwatchable.

The focus of the movie is never clear -- is it a drama, is it a family survival film, is it a science lesson, is it spiritual? The commercials that compare it to The Blind Side are insulting to that film which is better in every single way (including acting).

By the way, this is also a continuity-mistake lovers dream -- watch actors weight go up and down during the course of the notebooks that are held in the right hand appear in the left scenes that start in darkness have sunlight coming in the windows.

This is cheap, bad filmmaking -- and most of the budget clearly went to the actors. (Who are okay). They could have saved the big bucks by having thrown this on Lifetime and placed casting notices on-line for one twentieth of the price.

File this under "Plain ‘ol bad"



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