Number of Times Seen – Twice (14 Jun 2006 and 4 Nov 2018)
Brief Synopsis – After his son gets sick and the hospital won’t accept his insurance, a desperate father takes the ER hostage in order to get treatment.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing a few years after it came out and didn’t remember much of what happens besides recalling the overall premise.
In my quest to watch more Denzel Washington films to see what kind of actor he can be, I decided to give this film a rewatch to see if he is able to play this character differently from most of his other roles.
The plot of the film presents a social message that is still prevalent today yet it doesn’t manage to work very well here.
Instead of being poignant and realistic, the way things are shown comes across more like a farce than anything else.
Washington is quite comical in the lead role (non intentionally) and instead of his character being one we want to sympathize with, we get to see how absurd the whole thing gets as he escalates things to crazier and crazier levels.
This film has a message about ope and faith which rings true throughout but the methods that they use to try and show this just aren’t believable enough and hinder this film from being more captivating and engaging.
The way that the film chooses to go with the Hollywood ending feels like a cheap ploy here ad makes it even more difficult to believe anything that happens here.
Bottom Line – Interesting social message idea that doesn’t work at all and actually seems more like a farce than a realistic situation. Washington is somewhat comical in the lead role instead of being sympathetic and as the situation escalates, it gets crazier and crazier. The message of hope and faith rings true, but the methods used just don’t work well enough to keep this film engaging and captivating. The Hollywood ending also doesn’t help make this any easier to swallow.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of the recurring themes in this movie is having faith and hope. Gus tells John Q to have faith. His wife Denise attends church and reminds John to pray. Lester tells John that he has to accept the situation and put it in God’s hands. The irony in this is that John Q and Mikey’s blood type is B Positive. Or, Be positive, have hope. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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