Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Extraordinary Measures (on DVD)

Extraordinary Measures
[DVD Extraordinary]

I'll admit, I had superficial reasons for wanting to watch this film -- after all it has two of my favorite actors in it: Harrison Ford (Star Wars, American Grafitti, Air Force One, Indiana Jones), and Brendan Fraser (The Mummy films, Blast From the Past and more). In the end, however, It was the story that impressed me the most, despite terrific performances from both Fraser and Ford (and Keri Russell). Fraser and Russell are salt-of-the-earth ordinary folks, whose two children are diagnosed with a rare genetic disease that will likely kill them before age 10. Ford plays a crusty, cantakerous medical researcher (in Nebraska!!), who they turn to for help because he's research work may hold the key to their childrens' survival. A large chunk of this movie deals with the emotional stresses and turmoil that the family go through as they try to raise astronomical amounts of money for the medical research, with the anti-social nature of Ford's character making it all-the-more difficult. Lots of emotional highs and lows in this film, and it provides a fairly realistic look at the complicated process of medical research and testing. I also enjoyed the Nebraska connection! Highly recommended. -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Scott's Reviewer Profile and more of his reviews ]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ]

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