Extraordinary Measures

2010, Drama, 1h 46m

144 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Despite a timely topic and a pair of heavyweight leads, Extraordinary Measures never feels like much more than a made-for-TV tearjerker. Read critic reviews

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John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) is a man on the corporate fast-track, with a beautiful wife (Keri Russell) and three children. Just as his career is taking off, he learns that his two youngest kids have a fatal disease. John leaves his job and devotes himself to saving their lives. He joins forces with Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford), a brilliant but eccentric scientist. Together they battle the medical and corporate establishment, racing against time for a cure.

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  • Apr 24, 2011
    Poor acting by Frasier and Ford, no real focus on the disease that the kids suffer from and many pointless scenes that seem to just extend the movie and do nothing else.
    Sanjay R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 10, 2011
    I sat with this movie because it gripped me in a way where I just HAD to see how far the role will go to save or lose the children that were stricken with that neurological disabling (Pompe's) disease. The questions of health care on who gets what and when is truly the question here that stuck in my mind throughout this showing... Harrison Ford and Brendan Frasier along with Keri Russell and Meredith droeger all on the same screen in this movie provided which was indeed (to me) memorable performances never to ever be forgotten.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2011
    It was heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. Great acting by Harrison Ford as Dr. Stonehill and Brendan Fraser was excellent in the role of a father with two children affected by a terminal disease.
    Meghan M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2011
    "Extraordinary Measures" is a halfway-decent effort that manages to be engaging only because it is based on a true story, of the lengths parents can go to all for the love of their children. However, Brendan Fraser's goofball mug is hard to take seriously as a heartbroken, hardworking real-life dad, and much of the film seems rote an...d bland. Harrison Ford lends a teaspoonful of much-needed crediblity to the proceedings, and this is a film where he actually puts in the effort to turn out a good performance. For the last decade or so, Ford has mostly been standing around and trying not to look bored, on the pretense that he is, well, Harrison Ford. Here however, he puts his back into it, and it is actually quite refreshing to see Ford grumpy, irascible and actually unlikable. Unfortunately, his character of "Dr Robert Stonehill" is wholly a fabrication for the purposes of the film; I suppose the real-life figures such as William Canfield and Dr Yuan Tsong-Chen. Keri Russell does a good job as Aileen Crowley, not afraid to look like a normal, upper middle-class mum as opposed to a movie star. Unfortunately, the film's mise en scene is always too perfectly picturesque and its camerawork always too Lifetime-channel sentimental - and the music all but ruins several potentially dramatic scenes. Ultimately, this is another case of Hollywood dousing a story in melodrama, when its real-life basis needs none to be added. It is a little upsetting to see how often this occurs; how often a riveting true story is done injustice by the Hollywood machine.
    Jedd Y Super Reviewer

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