Extraordinary Measures

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"Don't hope for a miracle. Make one."
  • PG
  • 2010
  • 6.4  (17,698)
  • 45

Extraordinary Measures is a 2010 drama movie directed by Tom Vaughan and released by CBS Films. The movie is inspired by the true story of John Crowley (played by Brendan Fraser), a father who goes to extraordinary lengths to save his two children who suffer from a rare genetic disease called Pompe disease. The movie starts by introducing John Crowley, a successful marketing executive, who learns that his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, have Pompe disease, a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle weakness and can lead to death. John and his wife Aileen (played by Keri Russell) are informed that there is no known cure for the disease, and they are devastated by the news. John decides to quit his job and focus on finding a cure for his children's disease.

The movie then introduces Dr. Robert Stonehill (played by Harrison Ford), an eccentric and brilliant scientist who has been struggling to find funding for his research into a cure for Pompe disease. John learns about Dr. Stonehill's work and decides to approach him for help. However, Dr. Stonehill initially refuses to work with John, citing lack of funding and resources, and asks him to leave.

Undeterred, John continues to pursue Dr. Stonehill and eventually makes a deal with him: John will provide the funding for Dr. Stonehill's research, and in return, Dr. Stonehill will allow John to be involved in the research and give him access to the experimental drugs that could potentially cure his children. The two men form an unlikely alliance, and their collaboration sets in motion a chain of events that changes the course of their lives.

With limited time and resources, John and Dr. Stonehill race against the clock to develop a cure for Pompe disease. Along the way, they face numerous setbacks and obstacles, including disapproving family members, skeptical medical professionals, and financial difficulties. John finds himself questioning what he is willing to sacrifice to save his children, while Dr. Stonehill struggles to put his ego issues aside to focus on his research.

The cast gives remarkable performances, particularly Brendan Fraser, who portrays John Crowley's desperation and his love for his children. Harrison Ford is equally impressive as the prickly and stubborn Dr. Stonehill, who gradually warms up to John's persistence and passion for his children. Keri Russell, in a relatively small role, brings a sense of vulnerability and emotional depth to the movie.

Extraordinary Measures is a heart-wrenching and inspiring movie that showcases the power of perseverance, determination, and the human spirit. It skillfully portrays the struggle of families coping with rare diseases, the importance of medical research in providing hope for the future, and the lengths parents will go to save their children's lives. The movie also sheds light on the harsh reality of research and development in the medical field, where breakthroughs are often dependent on funding and financial support.

Overall, Extraordinary Measures is a touching and thought-provoking movie that will leave viewers inspired and deeply moved by the resilience and determination of its characters. It is a must-watch for anyone who values family, hope, and the pursuit of scientific progress.

Extraordinary Measures is a 2010 drama. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 45.

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