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Movie Review: Extraordinary Measures (January, 2010)

Director: Tom Vaughan
Screenplay: Robert Nelson Jacobs
Release Date: January 22, viagra approved 2010
Actors: Brendan Fraser, abortion Harrison Ford, myocarditis Kerri Russell, Meredith Droeger, Diego Velazquez
Based on the book of the same name by Geeta Anand

When I first heard about this movie starring Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford, I was immediately intrigued. Based on a true story, the drama centers on John Crowley (Brendan Fraser), the father of three children, two of which have a rare genetic disorder. After almost losing his oldest daughter, John becomes desperate in finding a treatment or a pill that can effectively prolong the lives of his children. Having followed Dr. Robert Stonehill’s (Harrison Ford) research, John tracks him down and works together in creating a pill those with Pompe can take to either prevent the effects of the disease altogether or for those who are older, to allow sugar to work into the system by creating an enzyme that breaks down sugar, preventing the buildup of glycogen. With the promising outlook of Dr. Stonehill’s research, John is desperate in finding investors and getting the pill to market for his children to take before they pass away.

I’m not sure what to think about the film. While it was a good film, I felt it was, at times, slow, and a bit too forced. The story should be inspiring in itself, without flowering it up with emotional strings and lines, in which I felt was baited for a reaction. The movie was filmed like a Hallmark Movie event, or a made for Lifetime movie, which felt oddly conflicting, given the two big names as lead actors in the film. Harrison Ford was terrific as the odd, eccentric, awkward and clearly unlikeable scientist. As a result of the film feeling oddly out of place and not at all for theatrical release, I wasn’t all that pleased with the acting. Meredith Droeger, who played young Megan Crowley was amazing, with tons of personality. But she and Harrison Ford were the only ones that stood out, at least for me.

The story itself is interesting, especially a look at Pompe disease, one that I had never heard of, and was happy to be educated upon. However, because the story focuses on the father and the stand off-ish scientist but not so much of the children, there is a bit of an emotional disconnect. Are we supposed to care about the scientist that is stubborn and almost makes it near impossible for the father? Are pharmacy companies that cold when trying to come up with a cure or treatment for a disease? Because I neither cared for Dr. Stonehill nor the pharmaceutical company. And if it was a true story of how the treatment was brought to clinical trials, I somehow feel as though it could have been edited a bit better.

So how would I rate this? The production values seem poor, the acting is average, but the story save the length is really interesting. I had never heard of CBS Films making a theatrical film (but obviously as I’ve looked this up, I know I am just behind the loop.). I would definitely wait to see this movie. Wait for rental, on demand, or when it is broadcasted it on television. I wouldn’t watch it in the theatre. The only caveat is that if you’re a huge fan of either Fraser or Ford, it might be worth it for you to see. The true story is far more interesting.

On the fence. Wait for rental. 2.5 cures / 5 cures

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Trailer via Youtube

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