Extraordinary Measures – Movie Review
A drama centered on the efforts of John and Aileen Crowley to find a researcher who might have a cure for their two children’s rare genetic disorder.
Extraordinary Measures was originally promoted as a duel between Brendan Frasier and Harrison Ford, and then when The Blind Side did very well, it’s now being marketed as the feel good movie of the year. It’s really neither. These guys are both good actors, although Brendan Frasier leaves much more of an impression than Harrison Ford in this one. I don’t think this is going to do nearly as well as The Blind Side because The Blind Side is about a football player. This is about sick and dying children, and I think that people’s heartstrings will be pulled, but I’m not sure it’s what they want to do for entertainment. The logic of it doesn’t make much sense. Keri Russell is very cute as the wife, and the kids are really lovely, and Courtney B. Vance actually nearly steals the movie in one tiny scene where he shows some real emotion, but this is really a movie by tnumber. The deal is that Brendan Frasier has two children with Pompes Disease, which is a chromosomal abnormality where children can’t metabolize sugar so it builds up, and their average life expectancy is nine years and he has an eight year old daughter, so the race is on. Harrison Ford is a cranky scientist who is working on a cure. You can guess the rest. Two stars.