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John and his wife Aileen fight to find a cure for their two children that are diagnosed with a fatal disease. They team with a brilliant scientist to form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving drug. Together they battle the medical and business establishments.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average If there was a reason to see Extraordinary Measures, it would be for the cast, but the acting is uniformly disappointing.
Roger EbertFull Review Average "Extraordinary Measures" is an ordinary film with ordinary characters in a story too big for it. Life has been reduced to a Lifetime movie.
USA TodayFull Review Average There might be a poignant movie based on the true story of a father's devoted efforts to help his ailing children, à la Lorenzo's Oil. But this tediously told tale is not that movie.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 118 moviegoers:
These reviews indicate "Extraordinary Measures" is far from the "average" movie indicated by movie critics. Over half of all age groups, both males and females, loved this movie. Most of the rest rated it above average. Only a few rated it as low as average. I highly recommend "Extraordinary Measures" to everyone.
Inspired by the true story of John Crowley, a man who defied conventional
wisdom and great odds, and risked his family's future to pursue a cure for his
children's life threatening disease. From his working class roots, John Crowley
(Brendan Fraser) has finally begun to taste success in corporate America.
Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen (Keri Russell) and their three children,
John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks
away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are
diagnosed with a fatal disease. With Aileen by his side, harnessing all of his
skill and determination, Crowley teams up with a brilliant, but unappreciated
and unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford).
Together they form a bio-tech company focused on developing a life-saving
drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to
save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual
respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight
against the system and time. But, at the last minute, when it appears that a solution
has been found, the relationship between the two men faces a final test - the
outcome of which will affect the fate of John's children.