Extreme Measures (1996)
An emergency room doctor's busy routine is nearly permanently disrupted when he begins looking for the truth behind the mysterious death of the vagrant who raced naked into the E.R. of his New York City hospital. After a few moments of touch-and-go doctoring, the strange man stabilized then suddenly died. Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant) was the attending physician and he doesn't understand why Claude Minkins died. Because he was homeless and obviously a drug user, Minkins' fate is of little interest to Luthan's superiors, but Luthan knows something is terribly wrong and, against a direct order from the head of the hospital, he begins investigating. His search leads him to the brilliant but weird Dr. Lawrence Myrick (Gene Hackman). What Luthan finds horrifies him and puts his own life at risk. … More
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Critic Reviews for Extreme Measures
It's a fish out of water story in which neither the fish nor anybody else seems aware of his 'out of water' status.
The good liberal Michael Apted seems to think he's directing a film about society's exploitation of the homeless. In fact, the exploitation is all his.
If it's never as scary or provocative as it means to be, at least it's straightforward and satisfying.
A spine-tingling suspense machine that holds you captivated from beginning to end. A much underrated, overlooked thriller.
Extreme silliness, but kind of fun.
Tries to be a both a medical thriller and morality play, and it doesn't quite deliver in both departments.
A thoughtful if somewhat heavy-handed medical thriller that benefits enormously from Hackman's involvement.
Opens our eyes to some serious moral issues involving advances in medical science.
Hackman and Grant make a surprisingly watchable pair, but there's yawns to be found.
Audience Reviews for Extreme Measures
A great Thriller from the 90's with a slightly more serious role from Hugh Grants and less typecast than we are used to.
An original plot which has been copied many times including in TV programmes. A good conspiracy film, which presents a great dilema, which will at least make you question the circumstances yourself.
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