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Extraordinary Measures (2010)

PG | | Drama | 22 January 2010 (USA)
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A drama centered on the efforts of John and Aileen Crowley to find a researcher who might have a cure for their two children's rare genetic disorder.

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Tom Vaughan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... John Crowley
Harrison Ford ... Dr. Stonehill
Keri Russell ... Aileen Crowley
Meredith Droeger ... Megan Crowley
Diego Velazquez ... Patrick Crowley
Sam M. Hall ... John Crowley, Jr.
Jared Harris ... Dr. Kent Webber
Patrick Bauchau ... CEO Erich Loring
Alan Ruck ... Pete Sutphen
David Clennon ... Dr. Renzler
Dee Wallace ... Sal
Courtney B. Vance ... Marcus Temple
Ayanna Berkshire ... Wendy Temple
P.J. Byrne ... Dr. Preston
Andrea White Andrea White ... Dr. Allegria
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Storyline

A Portland couple have two children with Pompe disease, a genetic anomaly that kills most before a child's tenth birthday. The husband, John, an advertising executive, contacts Robert Stonehill, a researcher in Nebraska who has done innovative research for an enzyme treatment. He has little money to fund his laboratory, and a thorny personality that drives away colleagues and funders. John and his wife Aileen raise money to help Stonehill's research and the required clinical trials. John takes on the task full time, working with venture capitalists and then rival teams of researchers. Time is running short, Stonehill's angry outburst hinder the company's faith in him, and the profit motive may upend John's hopes. The researchers race against time for the children who have the disease. Written by Anonymous

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Don't hope for a miracle. Make one.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language and a mild suggestive moment | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untitled Crowley Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,012,594, 24 January 2010

Gross USA:

$12,068,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,134,293
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the scenes were shot around the Portland area, a significant part of the film is set in Seattle, where Brendan Fraser studied acting at Cornish College of the Arts and where both of his parents reside. See more »

Goofs

When Patrick Crowley is throwing food to ducks at the lake, he laughs and reveals that he is missing two milky central incisors. At the end of the movie when he is in the hospital taking his medicine, he laughs again revealing that he is missing only one milky central incisor instead of two - the last scene of the movie was filmed before the first. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Preston: Now look, she is still a very sick girl, obviously, but her vital signs have improved and I'm cautiously optimistic.
John Crowley: [sarcastic reference to earlier conversation] So I guess you can say we dodged that blessing.
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Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.73 (2010) See more »

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Written by Jerry Garcia , Robert Hunter, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir (as Robert Weir)
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Overly dramatic, and not enough oomph to it for my liking.
21 August 2010 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

This is not a bad movie or anything, don't get me wrong. It's just rather lackluster and really lacked the oomph to make it something special. I appreciate the fact that it is based on a true story, but I was left feeling drained, and depressed when all was said and done. Harrison Ford's performance was definitely the highlight of the movie for me. I relished every chance the man was on-screen. The kids are surprisingly likable and witty, but Ford and Fraser's chemistry leaves much to be desired. For my liking, it all seemed quickly put together, with only the actor's obvious passion for their parts making it rise above it all. The story has all the potential in the world, it has the right cast, but it is often padded with too much drama, and a lot of dull interaction and dialog for my liking. The ending is fitting and very heartfelt, but by the time it was over, I had really stopped caring. Pompe disease is a sad thing for children, and very heartbreaking to witness.

Performances. Brendan Fraser is decent, but that's it. He's effective in some scenes, while looking lost in others. I enjoy a lot of his work, but this performance is glaring with inconsistency. Harrison Ford is excellent in his role. His intensity and humor worked well with his part, and I loved every moment he had on-screen. Keri Russell is good, but her role is rather underdeveloped for my liking. Meredith Droeger is wonderful as Megan. She's likable and clearly has talent for a kid.

Bottom line. It's not a worthless film, but it's not as good as it could have been. It's worth a look though, and it'll make you appreciate your life a little bit. Just could have done without some stuff.

6/10


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