Genre Guesstimation – Extraordinary Measures (2010) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by J-Dub of Dubsism and we will be reviewing our favorite Films About Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals…

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Nov by sending them to

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Films About Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals…..

“[to a business friend who is trying to talk him out of quitting his job] Hey, you’re right! This is crazy. I’m chasing the wind. But I can’t just sit around and wait for my kids to die” – John Crowley

Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (20 Oct 2010, 9 Mar 2017 and 3 Nov 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Parents of two children afflicted with a genetic disease try and raise money for a scientist to create a cure.

My Take on it – Such a great idea that unfortunately isn’t as powerful as one might hope that it could be. Harrison Ford is fine here as the crusty scientist, but Brendan Fraser shines here as the main character. They do a nice job explaining what this disease does and the fact that the film is based on a true story also helps make things more poignant. Something still feels off though along the way and that hurts the story from being something so much more poignant.


Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. Great story, but not as poignant as it should have been.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The story of the real John Crowley himself is very interesting. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and has degrees from Georgetown University, Notre Dame, and Harvard Business School. Crowley has dedicated his life to work in the health field, and seeking remedies for rare diseases. He co-founded a biotech company that he heads as of 2018. His charitable and philanthropic work is widespread. He has served on the national board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America since 2009, and became its national chairman in 2014. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10) (no change from original review)


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