Extraordinary Measures

 (680)6.41 h 46 min2010X-RayPG
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. Stars: Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell
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Brendan FraserHarrison FordKeri Russell
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B. WhiteReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great little movie with some really good acting/actors!!
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I honestly had never heard of this movie (and I like watching movies, all different kinds from Independent to mainstream action... okay - I lied I do NOT like watching horror/slasher fics - that's my husbands domain! LOL) and was watching another blu-ray that had a preview for this - I'm a sucker for feel good and/or true stories to watch every now and again (as true to life as they are once Hollywood gets ahold of them anyways) and picked this up cheap through Amazon to get my fix.

This is a story of a father doing anything and everything he possibly can to help his children diagnosed with a very, very bad disease that because it's such a minority of children that are born with it that they honestly weren't "REALLY" trying to find a cure for it (just what I took from this I'm sure it was being researched and trying to find a cure but I'm also pretty sure it got put to the back burner a lot of times). He crosses the lines many different ways to do what needs to be done to get them any and all help he possibly can.

Brendan Frasier does a great job as the father and Keri Russell was excellent as the mother, but the young actors playing the parts of the children really shined through and made this true story shine. This is a really good film and if you like this type of movie, I would definitely give it a look see.
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Stephen DobbinsReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another good, clean, and wholesome film full of family values!
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I went and saw this movie in theaters. It was great. Very clean. A film for the whole family. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the reason it flopped in theaters is because most people tend to be swayed by what critics say. I for one will never listen to any critics. I will watch a movie and decide for myself if it is great or not and If I like it or not. This film had much heart and family values in it. It is a shame most people today want to go see a movie with sex and violence and sick bathroom humor in it. This movie is decent and wholesome and I recommend it for the whole family to watch together. I will not give away what the movie is about so I don't spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet. Give this movie a try. You just might like it. For those who like watching good, clean, and decent family-oriented films this is for you. You can watch it alone but I recommend watching it with your family together.
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Book LoverReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Melodramatic and Odd
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I rented this movie because Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser were in it and they're not exactly TV actors. But that's exactly how this movie played out. It was super melodramatic (even this kids were annoying) and Harrison Ford, as the eccentric, short-fused genius), overplayed his part. Not a lot of depth to this movie. It was pretty sappy and poorly directed.
Harold WolfReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
"Don't get your hopes up kid, it's a Hail Mary."
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"I'm chasing the wind," said Crowley. A true story, then a book, now a film, is based on hope. EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES asks if it is worth risking everything for a single achievement? Love and family make risks a quick choice. For the real and movie Crowley family--it worked. For others, it might build hope. This excellent film is about defying the odds--gamble vs love--& sometimes winning. Emotional? YES! Real life is emotional.

John Crowley (Brendan Fraser), at a loss dealing with 2 children having Pompe disease (muscle illness, no Rx help, life expectancy of 9 yrs) looks to a Univ. of Nebraska Dr/researcher, Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford) for help. This may be one of Ford's best performances: emotional, funny, tough. He plays a maverick, soured, calloused, aging, poorly funded researcher who finds his own heart through the Crowley family. Awesome, realistic, portrayals by both men. Not to be upstaged, the mom, Aileen (Keri Russell) has her own moments and makes this EXTRAORDINARY scenario very believable.

John mixes his emotional experience as a parent with the profit motivated Zymagen drug firm. Aileen is at his side-most of the time. Deleted scenes show there was additional marriage and stress conflict needing reconciled. A family film, but really aimed at adults--and it hits the bull's eye.
If nothing else, the movie empathizes with families dealing with a disease prior to a pharmaceutical breakthrough. That is a heart-wrenching emotional battle.

Bonus is Subtitles, even in the bonus stuff.
Extraordinary Measures: The Power to Overcome; 10 min. meeting the real Crowley family.
Meet John Crowley; again 10 min. of the real dad.
Deleted scenes; 10 minutes.

Great real life to screen adaptation, with a real "Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus" finale.
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Wade H. Rice Jr.Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Good Depiction of a True-Life Effort of Parents Trying to Save Their Children from a Deadly Disease.
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[[ASIN:B002ZG97JM Extraordinary Measures [Blu-ray]]]This film was a good portrayal of two dedicated parents (especially the father) who sacrificed as much as they could of their livelihood to try to find a cure to save their children from a deadly disease (Pompey's Disease). The plot is somewhat predictable; however, unusual means are employed to achieve the end, but I'll leave that to you to see how it was done.

My special connection to this film came as a result when at my son's graduation from Neumann College (now University) at Aston, PA, in 2009, the real John Crowley (the father of the two children afflicted with Pompey's Disease) actually was present at the commencement ceremonies to receive an honorary Doctorate Degree for his efforts to help bring attention and action to find a means to stop the onslaught of Pompey's Disease and allow his children and others to at least live a better life than to slowly waste away and eventually die. His wife, Aileen, also was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in absentia, but couldn't be present because of having to stay at home to take care of their children, who require constant care.

Another reviewer felt that Harrison Ford was miscast in this film. To the vast majority of movie goers who are used to seeing this actor in swashbuckling roles, I can agree, though at some time in their careers, I feel that it is to the credit of an actor or actress if they feel that they can give a credible performance in a role different from what everyone is used to seeing them in. I feel that Harrison Ford did rather well in his role as Dr. Stonehill. However, I would have liked to have seen what the actual Dr. Stonehill looked like, or to have at least to appeared in the extras to this film and give his take on his efforts to find the means to stop the onslaught of Pompey's Disease. Nowhere do we see/hear anything about the real-life Dr. Stonehill. It is quite likely he is the recluse that the film depicted him as.
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FlamingoAngieReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must watch!
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A wonderful movie! I had no idea what Pompe was until my friends sweet daughter was diagnosed at birth. She told me about this movie and I wanted nothing more to learn about the condition. It’s heartbreaking, but educational. I pray you’re never touched by Pompe, but if you ever are you will have a blessing in your life.
Douglas BenoitReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
...Justification for the Arrogance and Idealistic ways, Also Known as Perseverance.
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Arrived Perfectly.

Harrison Ford is superb here. The arrogant, short-tempered scientist and idealist, who learns friendship and how a friend can stab you in the back, but only after your arrogance gets the better of you, and fuels this backstabbing. Then, when all seems to be lost, the friendship storm clears, and a life is saved, bringing a sense of justification for the arrogance and idealistic ways, also known as perseverance.
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True ArrowReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie!
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Excellent flick! But you may have to get out the kleenex box though....Harrison Ford really nailed the "grumpy" scientist/theorist. Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell are super as the parents; well acted parts!! Jared Harris "got" the hard-xxx researcher; I really wanted to hate him!!
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