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Extraordinary Measures, DVD Review

Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser and Keri Russel star in Extraordinary Measures, a movie released onto DVD today by CBS Films. Based on a true story, Director Tom Vaughan approaches the question of ‘Would you really stop at nothing to save your children?’.

True to the title of this movie, Extraordinary Measures is a drama about two parents whose two youngest children have rare genetic disorders called Pompe Disease. They join forces with a Scientist {Harrison Ford}, and to find a cure before it’s too late. I thought this movie told a remarkable and heartfelt story. The movie starts very sad as we learn about the family in focus.

Yet, I cheered when the parents grew incredibly determined to take matters into their own hands, and to seek a cure. And I do think the children need some special applause for their acting talents, their performances were crucial to the feel of this movie. And resembling real life, the parents face many obstacles {financial, personal and political} as they push forward in hopes of saving their kids’ lives. But in the end, were all their sacrifices and strain enough, in keeping their children alive?

Sadly, I don’t recall Extraordinary Measures getting much hype at the box office. I do think that’s a shame, as I would highly recommend this movie to others.

Synopsis: Extraordinary Measures is 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.

Disclosure: I was provided with product to facilitate this review post, opinions are my own.

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  1. You’re right… It came out during Oscar season and got “drowned out” by the best picture nominies, unless you were looking for it.

    1. yes, that’s true Mary. That’s too bad – but here’s our chance to give it some praises, right?

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