Thursday, January 7, 2010

Movie Review: Extraordinary Measures


My first movie of the new year, Extraordinary Measures, featuring Brendan Frasier, Harrison Ford, and Keri Russell.  I went to see this movie with one of my favorite girlfriends and we had a blast, quietly whispering back and forth during the movie.  It was definitely one that made you consider some things outloud to a friend.  We weren't the only ones doing it...so just hush, ok! 

Anyway, Extraordinary Measures is based on the true story of one man's relentless determination to find a cure for the disease that threatens two of his children's lives.  John Crowley, played by Brendan Frasier, finds himself staring into his daughter's eyes after a horrific battle with the symptoms of Pompe disease. He knows of a doctor that has been studying the disease and has tried several times to contact him.  One of the funniest scenes in the movie is the first, not so successful, attempt that John makes to contact the good doctor.  Escentric reseacher, Dr. Stonehill (Harrison Ford), has a treatment theory but no funding for labwork.  Upon first being introduced to Dr. Stonehill in the movie, you really wonder if John should take a chance on this guy.  When John and Dr. Stonehill finally meet, things get really interesting. 

Extraordinary Measures makes you experience all types of emotions, sometimes at the same time.  I teared up at least two times.  It's funny, witty, intelligent, and most of all, enlightening.  I'd never heard of this disease and to see families suffering through a disease that effects children, well it's heartbreaking.  I thouroughly enjoyed the movie and would encourage you to see it. I'm all for a good movie that makes you feel empowered, and Extraordinary Measures does just that.