Thursday, May 27, 2010

Extraordinary Measures - DVD Review


Starring Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, Keri Russell, Jared Harris, Courtney B. Vance, David Clennon, Patrick Bauchau and Alan Ruck.
Directed by Tom Vaughan.

There's a weird amount of shouting in this movie. Harrison Ford plays an "eccentric" genetic researcher, but it means he loses his temper a lot and yells his motivations at the other characters. Usually histrionics like this are saved for movies on Lifetime or Hallmark.

It's about a father who has two kids with a deadly genetic disorder. I am also the father of two kids with a deadly genetic disorder, one of whom already died. So I was ready for this movie to speak to me. But there were things that bothered me about it. It's based on a true story, but Ford's character is a fictitious composite. And I thought there had to be more to the story than how easily it makes it look to raise millions. Looking it up, yeah, that's what the guy did. He knew how to raise millions.

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