Watch Desperate Measures
- 1 hr 40 min
Desperate Measures is an intense, action-thriller from 1998, that stars Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, and Brian Cox. The movie follows the story of a father, Peter McCabe (Michael Keaton), whose son is diagnosed with a rare disease called Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome. The only hope for the boy's survival is a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, there is no match for the boy's blood type among the available donors. Peter, a convicted murderer, sees an opportunity to save his son's life by offering to be his donor. The doctors agree to perform the transplant, but only if Peter can be transferred from prison to the hospital under heavy surveillance. Meanwhile, Frank Conner (Andy Garcia), a police officer whose partner was killed by Peter McCabe, is assigned to guard him during his transfer. Frank despises Peter and is determined to make sure he doesn't escape. However, things take an unexpected turn when Peter overpowers the guards, takes Frank hostage and demands his freedom in exchange for the bone marrow transplant. With Peter and Frank now on the run, the two are forced to work together for a common goal. Frank realizes that Peter is not the cold-blooded killer he had thought him to be and that he simply wants to save his son's life. As they race against time to find a doctor who can perform the transplant, they are pursued by the police, including Frank's former partner's brother, Captain Jeremiah Cassidy (Brian Cox). The movie takes audiences on a nail-biting journey as Frank and Peter navigate through dangerous situations to get to the hospital in time for the transplant. The two characters form an unlikely bond, as they both come to understand one another's motivations and personalities. Desperate Measures is a suspenseful and emotionally charged movie that will keep viewers on the edge of their seat until the very end. Michael Keaton delivers a standout performance as the desperate father who will stop at nothing to save his son's life, while Andy Garcia brings a level of complexity to the role of Frank Conner. The movie also features Brian Cox, whose menacing turn as Captain Jeremiah Cassidy adds an extra layer of tension to the already gripping plotline. Overall, Desperate Measures is a solid thriller that delivers on all fronts, from its expertly crafted action sequences to its well-developed characters. It's a movie that will keep audiences invested in the fate of its protagonists from start to finish, and leave them with a sense of triumph when the credits roll.