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Fate and determination push idealistic father, John Crowley (Brendan Fraser, The Mummy) into joining forces with reclusive medical researcher, Dr. Robert Stonehill (Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford, Best Actor in a leading role, Witness, 1985). Together, this unlikely pair face impossible odds as they battle the entire medical establishment and time itself to find a cure before it’s too late. Also starring Golden Globe® winner Kerri Russell, Extraordinary Measures is a true story of the power of love and faith against impossible odds. Inspired by the book “The Cure” by Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Greeta Anand.
Imagine Harrison Ford as a rogue scientist exploring not ancient artifacts of lost arks, but biochemical research to help cure rare diseases. In Extraordinary Measures, Ford manages to keep some of that wry rebellious Indiana Jones energy as he plays Dr. Robert Stonehill, a fringe researcher whose findings just might help keep alive the two children of John Crowley, played with heart and sobriety by Brendan Fraser. Extraordinary Measures is based on a true story, one chronicled in the gripping book The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million--and Bucked the Medical Establishment--in a Quest to Save His Children, by Wall Street Journal reporter Geeta Anand. The cast is excellent, with Ford tamping down his occasional urge to vamp for the camera, and Fraser grounded in his first true adult role. The supporting cast is also strong, including Keri Russell as Crowley's frantic wife, facing the near-certain death of both of her children; Dee Wallace, Jared Harris, and Courtney B. Vance also appear as strong supporting characters. Director Tom Vaughan switches gears from his wildly successful romp What Happens in Vegas to turn in a crisply paced and suspenseful family drama. As Crowley and Dr. Stonehill team up to raise money to support Stonehill's research, Crowley says, "Who's going to be half as motivated as the dad who's trying to save his own kids?" Extraordinary Measures brings to mind similar dramas like Lorenzo's Oil, but its heart and drive are unique to the story of the Crowleys, a very special family indeed. --A.T. Hurley
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Harrison Ford is superb here. The arrogant, short-tempered scientist and idealist, who learns friendship and how a friend can stab you in the back, but only after your arrogance gets the better of you, and fuels this backstabbing. Then, when all seems to be lost, the friendship storm clears, and a life is saved, bringing a sense of justification for the arrogance and idealistic ways, also known as perseverance.
I would see it if I were you, but only once. I've seen Lorenzo's Oil about 6 times.
My special connection to this film came as a result when at my son's graduation from Neumann College (now University) at Aston, PA, in 2009, the real John Crowley (the father of the two children afflicted with Pompey's Disease) actually was present at the commencement ceremonies to receive an honorary Doctorate Degree for his efforts to help bring attention and action to find a means to stop the onslaught of Pompey's Disease and allow his children and others to at least live a better life than to slowly waste away and eventually die. His wife, Aileen, also was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in absentia, but couldn't be present because of having to stay at home to take care of their children, who require constant care.
Another reviewer felt that Harrison Ford was miscast in this film. To the vast majority of movie goers who are used to seeing this actor in swashbuckling roles, I can agree, though at some time in their careers, I feel that it is to the credit of an actor or actress if they feel that they can give a credible performance in a role different from what everyone is used to seeing them in. I feel that Harrison Ford did rather well in his role as Dr. Stonehill. However, I would have liked to have seen what the actual Dr. Stonehill looked like, or to have at least to appeared in the extras to this film and give his take on his efforts to find the means to stop the onslaught of Pompey's Disease. Nowhere do we see/hear anything about the real-life Dr. Stonehill. It is quite likely he is the recluse that the film depicted him as.
Harrison Ford does a very good job of playing the researcher who is very arragont and knows that he is right.
It also shows how the system of getting a new drug introduced might actually work.
Makes you wondor what could be done if the system was simpler.
I had no expections when I picked this movie, but it keeps you intrested is what is going to happen next.
Some parts are easy to predict, but it is worth the watch.
I would recommend this movie as a rental to anyone looking for a feel good cryfest type film.
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