Extraordinary Measures

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Released 2010

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Director:
Tom Vaughan , Tom Vaughn
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG
Extraordinary Measures is a medical drama based on a true story. John Crowly (Breden Fraser) and Aileen Crowly's (Keri Russel) children have Pompe disease. The disease kills before a child's tenth birthday. John contacts Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford), known for innovative research related to the disease, with hopes that the man can find a cure. However, Stonehill is low on funds and has a difficult personality which drives people away. John and Aileen step up to the task to raise money for Stonehill's research, as well as working with venture capitalists and another research team. As all this happens, the children keep getting sicker as the disease slowly kills them. Then John comes up against the issue that even if a drug to cure the disease is found, it might not be sufficiently profitable enough to be marketable. Will the parents be able to save their children, or will it be a lost cause?

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The storytelling and the visual style are rarely more than workmanlike, and the big scenes arrive punctually and are played with minimal nuance.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    The story is poignant and compelling, but ultimately the film doesn't have the heft it needs to fill out the big screen.

  • 50

    Variety

    Doesn't reach far beyond its smallscreen genotype as a disease-of-the-week telepic, despite the star power of Brendan Fraser as the desperate dad and Harrison Ford as an eccentric,...

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    Harrison Ford

    Harrison Ford

    Dr. Robert Stonehill

    Diego Velazquez

    Diego Velazquez

    Patrick Crowley

    Patrick Bauchau

    Patrick Bauchau

    CEO Erich Loring

    Keri Russell

    Keri Russell

    Aileen Crowley

    Brendan Fraser

    Brendan Fraser

    John Crowley

    Jared Harris

    Jared Harris

    Dr. Kent Webber

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    Drama

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    Biography, Medical