Extraordinary Measures (2010)


“Scientists get all sensible & careful when they get old. Young ones like risk, not afraid of new ideas… & you can pay ’em less” – Dr. Robert Stonehill

Number of Times Seen – 2 (20 Oct 2010 and 9 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – The father of two children suffering from a genetic disease enlists a leading researcher in the field to try and find a cure before it’s too late.

My Take on it – Working in a field related to research funding, I was able to enjoy this film on a personal level because many of the nuances of the field itself were done quite convincingly.

The pairing of Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford was a great choice because they both manage to play the diverse personalities of the characters quite well.

Both of them do a nice job here and their performances really complement one another extremely well.

I liked the way that they kept the science talk to a minimum here because most people watching a film like this (myself included) won’t understand the scientific aspects of research and therefore the description are explained very nicely for people who aren’t science minded.

Nice supporting cast with great characters played by Keri Russell, Alan Ruck, David Clennon and Dee Wallace.

The best part about this film is the fact that it’s based on real events and is proof that it’s possible to really make changes in the world with risky medical research that helps us all realize how important it is.

Bottom Line – Fraser and Ford work quite well together here since their characters are so different.  Neither really outplays the other and their characters really complement one another. Loved the way that they keep the science to a minimum so that we don’t feel too much is over the heads of us laymen.  Working in the field of research myself made me enjoy this more than most people probably would because I understood much of the nuances discussed here about how research can get funded. Great supporting cast. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This is his first film since Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) where Harrison Ford has not had his name first in the credits. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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