Sunday, January 24, 2010

Movie Review: Extraordinary Measures - PG

cross-posted from A Catholic View

based on a true story.

John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Aileen (Keri Russell) have 3 children; two of those children, Megan and Patrick have Pompe disease, which is slowly killing them by destroying their muscles and organs. Crowley does research and finds Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford), who has discovered an enzyme that may be able to treat Pompe. Most of the movie focuses on raising funds for the research. This is accomplished by starting a foundation and yet another company. They are continually fighting against the odds.

I would not classify this as a "feel good" movie. Although there are humorous moments, it is fairly serious story. The themes most prevalent are perseverance, hope and people doing for others. The strongest quality is how well Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell and Harrison Ford play their roles.

Very good movie. I recommend seeing it.

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