Don't hope for a miracle. Make one.
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 18, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Go behind the scenes of the uplifting movie with interviews of the cast and the family whose true story inspired the film.
- Deleted scenes
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Meredith Droeger & Courtney B. Vance|
|Directed by||Tom Vaughan|
|Screenwriting by||Robert Nelson Jacobs|
|Composition by||Andrea Guerra|
|Director of Photography:||Andrew Dunn|
3.5 stars out of 5 -- [T]his is an inspiring and compelling true story. Harrison Ford is at the top of his game in this remarkable film about one man's impossible quest to pull off a medical miracle against all odds.
Vaughan and scriptwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs have plumped for the â~one man against all oddsâ(TM) plotline, the most reassuringly inoffensive of narrative archetypes.
Little White Lies
Maintaining the viewer's sympathies throughout, Fraser makes for a believably swollen-eyed workaholic crusader...
Rating: 5/10 -- Easy to root for a loving father fighting through the system, but Extraordinary Measures shamelessly piles on the sentimentality and disregards the real work of the many scientists dedicated to fighting this disease for years. Full Review
Window to the Movies
Rating: 2/5 -- Moderately illuminating in parts, but the clichÃ (C)s of cinematic suffering tend to overwhelm it. Full Review
Rating: 1/5 -- Fraser's blandness makes for a deeply uninteresting fit with Ford's supposedly adorable grumpiness. Very ordinary. Full Review
Fraser works so hard playing a devoted dad, it's difficult not to root for him. -- Grade: B
Inspired by an incredible true story, the CBS Films docudrama portrays one father's desperate quest to save his children from succumbing to a rare life-threatening genetic disorder. Working-class father John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) is finally on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with Pompe disease -- a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. In time, it disables the heart and the muscles, ultimately resulting in death. With the support of his wife, Aileen (Keri Russell), John ditches his career and teams with unconventional specialist Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford) to found a bio-tech company and develop a cure in time to save the lives of Megan and Patrick. As Dr. Stonehill works tirelessly to prove the theories that made him the black sheep of the medical community, a powerful bond is forged between the two unlikely allies. Still, their greatest struggle is yet to come.