Desperate Measures (1998)


“You have to appreciate the irony. After all these years of being locked up, I’m given the opportunity to kill again. A cop’s kid, too, and all I have to do is sit right here. ” – Peter McCabe

Number of Times Seen – 2 (28 Nov 1999 and 2 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A policeman must get the consent of a sadistic criminal to undergo a bone marrow transplant in order to save his son since he is the only known match for the boy.

My Take on it – This film is a real shame because they have a very clever and interesting plot that just doesn’t work in any way, shape or form.

The casting of both Andy Garcia and Michael Keaton in the leads just doesn’t work well enough and both seem well out of their leagues here.

Unfortunately, too many films of the 90’s tried to capitalize on the effect of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs (1991), but in their attempt to create something unique, they almost always made an inferior copy of the character.

This film is no exception to that rule and unfortunately Keaton just doesn’t come across as menacing (or even intelligent) enough to create a great and fearsome character like Anthony Hopkins was able to achieve 7 years earlier.

The plot moves along in a silly fashion and what was a potentially great idea gets lost along the way due to many poor script decisions.

At least it’s nice seeing Marcia Gay Harden in a supporting role as the boy’s doctor.

Bottom Line – Such a clever idea that fails miserably. Garcia and Keaton are both out of their leagues here and they don’t work well as adversaries at all. This seems like a film that tried to capitalize of the Hannibal Lecter kind of villains of the 90’s and Keaton just isn’t able to come across as menacing (or intelligent ) enough for this kind of role.  The plot is played out in a pretty silly fashion and constantly makes mistakes with the choices along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael Bay was originally set to direct, but pulled out to do The Rock (1996). (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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