Extreme Measures (1996)


em“People die everyday. And for what? For nothing. What do we do? What do *you* do? You take care of the ones you think you can save. Good doctors do the correct thing. Great doctors have the guts to do the right thing. Your father had those guts.” – Dr. Lawrence Myrick

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Oct 2016)

Brief Synopsis – An ER Doctor begins to question his superior’s motives when a recently deceased patient’s body mysteriously disappears.

My Take on it – This is a film that has a very interesting premise yet wastes its potential the entire way through.

The themes explored here about advancement of scientific discoveries and medical ethics are dealt with too tamely and instead of giving us a hard hitting film, we get a mediocre one.

Hugh Grant feels very miscast here and always proves himself much more talented when he stars in a rom-com instead of a thriller like this one; here, he feels too lost.

His co-star, on the other hand, Gene Hackman has always been amazing in these kind of roles, but unfortunately despite his character being quite important to the story takes a back seat throughout most of the film.

There are fortunately numerous other films that have dealt with these themes much better and this one just feels like a wasted attempt which is a bit disappointing.

Bottom Line – Mediocre film about medical ethics that is as hard hitting and edgy as it probably could have been.  They react to the themes here too tamely.  Grant is a much better actor in romantic comedies than in thrillers and it’s sometimes hard to take his character seriously.  Hackman, on the other hand thrives in films like this, but is given such a small (yet important) role that he isn’t able to impact anything that happens here.  The themes have been explored much better in other films and despite a good premise, this just falls pretty flat.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the movie, security for the illegal medical experiments is provided by two supposed police officers named Hare and Burke. In reality, William Hare and William Burke were two men in the business of supplying human cadavers to medical schools in 1820s Edinburgh – until it was learned that the ones they hadn’t stolen from graveyards, they had murdered themselves. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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