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Plot: A Portland couple have two children with Pompe disease, a genetic anomaly that kills most before a child's tenth birthday. The husband, John, an advertising executive, contacts Robert Stonehill, a researcher in Nebraska who has done innovative research for an enzyme treatment. He has little money to fund his laboratory, and a thorny personality that drives away colleagues and funders. John and his wife Aileen raise money to help Stonehill's research and the required clinical trials. John takes on the task full time, working with venture capitalists and then rival teams of researchers. Time is running short, Stonehill's angry outburst hinder the company's faith in him, and the profit motive may upend John's hopes. The researchers race against time for the children who have the disease. Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 21 Jan 2010
It's A Movie About Good Inentions And Heart (by streetrodfan)
The haters won't like it, people with a heart will. It's based on true events, it was well preformed and it is a very touching movie. It's easily Harrison Ford's most dramatic and touching performance in years, quite possibly the most serious role Bredan has done his whole career. It's an inspiring story based on true events. Some people compare it to a Life Time movie and I fail to see how you can do that when it's based on the real World. Anyone who has ever been through family illness knows that this movie is not up in the clouds some place.It's a movie about <more>
family and friends that leave everything else behind in their lives and take extraordinary risks, measures to follow their passions, protect those they love.
Will make you love life more than ever (by DarkVulcan29)
The story starts with John Crowley Brendan Fraser who's two young kids have a deadly disease called Pompa. And are not expected to live long. Much of the heartbreaking of him and his wife Keri Russell . But John one day decides to try and do something, he goes to see a doctor and scientist Robert Stonehill Harrison Ford who's research about the disease could be helpful. And John will help Stonehill set his research, in hopes to make a cure. But will they is the question? A true story that was very well told. Brendan Fraser performance is so good he almost brings you too tears. Keri <more>
Russell also great has the mother. Harrison Ford at times I felt overacted in some scenes,but he was good none the less. A truly great well told story.
Excellent Movie; Well Worth The Money (by dianred-1)
I went to see this movie yesterday afternoon with my boyfriend, and we both found it to be excellent. It had sad moments, and happy ones too; mixture of everything. From the beginning to end; I found it to be very interesting to learn about this disease especially that I am currently a student studying to be a Medical Administrative Assistant . I am almost finished with my studies; and then will be doing my internship. Before seeing this movie; I had no idea what this disease was, and now I can say that I know more about it now, and it's so sad to see so many children with it, and <more>
suffering the way they do everyday. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone; it's very informative, and the acting was excellent too.
This movie shows the lengths good parents will go for their children. (by mwendel1)
One of the most underrated films of the year. Clearly this movie was too intellectual for the general public. Well acted, well directed and with a very powerful message. The movie shows to what lenghts good parents will go for their children. It also reveals the difficulty in placing a new well needed drug with the FDA. The message this movie reveals is the priority of costs by drug companies over the health concerns of individuals and families affected by rare diseases. Both Bryandon Frasier and Harrison Ford deliver powerful performances in this film. Its refreshing to watch a film and not <more>
have to sit thought the typical car chase or shoot-out.
I just saw this movie yesterday and thought it was great. I don't understand why it got such a low rating. It was inspirational how all of the characters were such fighters - the parents and the children in the main family. There was such a will to survive. Also, I really liked the character of Dr. Stonehill - eccentric, brilliant, and intensely logical, but not really as heartless as he seems at first. I liked how in the end a lot of people who seemed to only have their interests or monetary interests at heart, really did end up caring about the Crowley family in the end. It seems like a <more>
cliché story, but it's so much more than that; it's entertaining, enlightening, and heartwarming. 9/10, I highly recommend it.
Lucid Look at the Pharmaceutical Industry (by Snowgo)
This film gives a pretty thorough look at the hard truth about the pharmaceutical/medical industries. It is no place for renegades Ford's character or idealists Fraser's character . Even so, these two unlikely associates, through their reputations, talents and determination, manage to parlay themselves into the world of multi-million dollar clinical trials.Brendon Fraser did a superb acting job, and John Crowley manages to retain his integrity and manners while under intense pressure from several sources. Harrison Ford was not given the chance to flex his muscle, though. If his <more>
character had been made to have been a more dynamic and less-misanthropic researcher, the movie would have been more entertaining. I think the director and screenwriter handcuffed Harrison Ford's character a bit. I can forgive this, because I know that in reality, avoidant people like Dr. Stillwell do exist. I also think the audience could have benefited from a little bit more technical talk: There was very little talk of exactly what they were doing in the lab. Never-the-less, Extraordinary Measures is an extremely good film for those of us who appreciate being inspired by our art. Brendan has come a long way from Encino Man, and with Extraordinary Measures, as in the earlier Still Breathing, he shows us once again that he is very good at dramatic roles.One final note: It would have been nice for the screen dialogue at the end of the film to have included some background on the disease and its present numbers. More importantly, we would have liked to have learned more about the present status of the enzyme transport drug: How many have benefited from it? Only infants? How much money does it cost, etc. A movie well worth watching.
Pretty much what I expected it to be, a well told and heart-warming story about dedication, love and endurance. What I did doubt about this film was the casting. All doubts were quickly dispelled because everyone was PERFECT in their roles. You knew Harrison Ford would deliver but both Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell were amazing as desperate parents determined to save their kids. The film is predictable, maybe to a fault and really didn't go for the deep emotional impact that I was expecting but it still hits home hard enough. The ending seemed also to be somewhat abrupt but still, I <more>
Please change the poster of the movie, it doesn't reflect the movie for what it really is. I didn't think that I'll be watching a dramatic feel good movie. I was surprised. Brendan's and Harrison's acting is superb, the dialogs are incredible and the story... the story is a familiar one. Parents who try by extraordinary measures to save their kids' lives who suffer from a deadly illness. Sure, it's a familiar story, but this is worth watching. Engaging, fascinating and no dull moments. I didn't want the movie to end since it made me feel so good. Don't be <more>
surprised if you'll even shed a tear.So ignore the poster and watch this movie if you like heart warming movies.
I went to see this film with some personal trepidation, but the lure of a possibly good story drew me in. I can say I wasn't disappointed. It's often difficult to objectively assess the work in a contemporary film because much of the surroundings seem common place. I can say that the sets, art direction and costuming seemed to be a comfortable fit and lent it a sense of realism that I appreciated and that also happened to add to the fine production quality of the film.But as must be the case in a film of this nature, the quality ultimately comes down to the efforts invested by the <more>
director and his cadre of accomplished actors. Their efforts certainly didn't disappoint me. The lion's share of the load was placed squarely on the shoulders of Brendan Fraser as John Crowley. I had a personal sense of justice on the line with how well he might do. There were several scenes that rang true to life for me; his portrayal of the internally tortured, desperate and determined father of two terminally ill children made me feel he did such real fathers justice. I think I can say that because I once was one myself.The other performances were excellent as well. I would have a tough time in faulting Harrison Ford as Dr. Robert Stonehill. He gave a great performance as an overworked, frustrated scientist - something I can also relate to as I've been something of a scientist in my past myself. He felt real to me; I've known men just like him, maybe including me - I guess you'd have to ask my former colleagues how close it was.But the other performance that I was particularly taken with was that of Courtney B. Vance as Marcus Temple. His tight emotional presentation went right to my heart and hung there heavily. It felt like me, I wanted to hug the man; maybe cry with him. I'd love to see him receive a nomination for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.Not to be left out is Keri Russell as Aileen Crowley. She gave a good performance, but to me it seemed a little less emotional than mothers like this I've personally known; especially my own wife. I also think they could have given her more space to reveal a character that would be more in depth but that's not her fault - maybe the screen writers? So, in the final analysis I think she did a great job and certainly did nothing to diminish real mothers like her character.As one may have surmised from what I've written, I may be too personally prejudiced to look at any film like this with artistic fairness. So judge me if you like; you can go to a web site at http://webpages.charter.net/bruce.jones1/ and click on the button labeled "Belinda" on the left; it gives a personally biased but true story of my daughter's struggle for life. Let me know what you think ... you can also be treated to photos of the world's largest Lady Bug collection as a reward for your trip - a collection she started.The bottom line is this - by all means go see this film; especially if you've been so fortunate as to never have experienced this kind of tragedy yourself. And when you do see it, give some thought in the future to the fact that, in this country, we spend more money advertising beer than we do fighting lethal childhood diseases.