Extraordinary Measures is
“inspired” by a true story about one man’s attempt to find a
cure for his children who are suffering from pompe disease. This
disease is extremely rare and effects how the body handles sugar
which causes problems in the heart and skeletal muscles and in
turn, life expectancy is quite low.
however revolves around a happily married couple John Crowley
(Brendan Fraser) and Aileen Crowley (Kerri Russell) who have
three children and unfortunately two of them suffer from pompe.
As John spends his spare hours investigating research papers and
Dr. Google, he stumbles upon a scientist who has theorised a way
to assist children with pompe. As John attempts to contact Dr.
Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford) on
numerous occasions, he takes a gamble and goes to meet him in
person. When he does meet Stonehill, he finds him quite arrogant and his easily distracted by his
work and when he leads the doctor to believe that he can come up with
money to further his research, an uneasy relationship is formed
as John risks it all.
The beauty of Extraordinary Measures is that I
was not expecting the ending that I received, probably a little
too jaded by those non-typical Hollywood endings which left me
pleasantly surprised. The stars of
Extraordinary Measures are Fraser as John and Ford as Stonehill
who really make you like these characters, even the stuffy and
sometimes rude doctor. Another star in the film is Meredith
Droeger who plays Megan, their daughter effect my pompe and is
brilliant as her character.
With good video and audio, Extraordinary
Measures is a very engaging film that I could happily recommend
to anyone who loves this genre. With a passionate story, perfect
actors and good directing by Tom Vaughn, this movie captivated
us from start to finish!