Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

Director: Tom Vaughan. Cast: Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, Keri Russell, Dee Wallace, Courtney B. Vance. 106 min. Rated PG. Drama.

Films like Awakenings and Lorenzo's Oil have set the bar on the enzyme-deficiency genre so high, any similar attempt would pale in comparison - even if Harrison Ford plays the scientist. Ford is famous for making almost any role believable, but even he cannot save this cliche-filled tearjerker of a movie, about people desperately searching for a cure for Pompe's disease before the movie's child hero dies. The dialogue gets so boring and predictable at times, I would recommend you pass on this one, and instead, watch Awakenings again.

Mo says:


  1. Wow, I didn't know there was an enzyme-deficiency genre. At least I can now boast that I have seen all the movies in the genre.
    Or maybe I should correct that. I've seen all the American enzyme-deficiency movies. I'm not really into European arthouse enzyme-deficiency movies.
    Modern cinema has become too subspecialized.

  2. Actually, they used to call them medical dramas, but it seems nowadays there's an amino acid missing in every one of them. Except for "The Exorcist".