Extraordinary Measures

2010-04-23 12:07
 
Extraordinary Measures

What it's about:

John (Brendan Fraser) and Aileen Crowley (Keri Russell) are hoping for a miracle. Their children, Megan and Patrick suffer from a rare genetic disorder, and don't have much longer to live, unless some form of treatment can be developed. John tracks down Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford), a medical researcher who has radical theories about this genetic disorder. John promises to raise the money to further Stonehill's research, which leads to them embarking on a business venture to develop the drug that could save John's children.

What we thought of it:

If you're going to make a comeback, it's got to be with a bang. I cannot figure out why any of these actors signed on for this snooze-fest. It's an endearing story and yes, you'll maybe choke up a little when you see how sick the poor kiddies are, but this story would have been better told by Carte Blanche Medical.

Much of the film focuses on the business aspects of trying to get a drug developed, manufactured and approved by the FDA. This is a tedious process, naturally, and here you get to live each step of the process. Talking about market share, anabolic proteins and how glucose is broken down by enzymes is pretty riveting stuff, I'm sure, but I don't want to pay R40 to rediscover my biology textbook.

Brendan Fraser is a comedy/action kind of actor. From Blast from the Past to The Mummy, he's been typecast, specifically because he is so good in those roles. In Extraordinary Measures, he's a tortured father who still manages to throw the odd joke in, which is as out of place as Keri Russell's hair. It just doesn't fit. Actually, he doesn't even fit in his clothes anymore. He should take on some more action roles to work off those midriff rolls.

Harrison Ford plays a stubborn, old professor and I don't know if it's Harrison, the script or the director, but Stonehill comes across as completely senile and I wouldn't trust him with the lives of my children.

This is a human drama, and if that's your cup of tea, great. The problems are however that a) the actors don't suit the characters, and this movie could do their careers more harm than good, and b) this shouldn't be screened at the cinema. It's a doccie-drama that just doesn't have the legs to sustain its well known cast and a big screen release.


Brendan Fraser should have never staked his comeback on this painfully slow Hallmark drama.

Francois 2010/04/27 10:14 AM
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Nonsense!!! This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Surely this movie should be judged by somebody that's got children as it seems that Sam Brighton does not have children. Thank God that I do not watch movies based on the reviews of critics as I would have missed a lot of good movies due to that.
Gecko 2010/04/27 11:51 AM
Comeback? How long must one not be in a movie to then make a "comeback"?
Cam 2010/04/30 4:16 PM
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Boring - drawn out - yawn
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