Extreme Measures

1 h 58 min1996X-RayNR
Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman square off in a bristling thriller packedwith tension and a medical ethics dilemma that will keep you thinkinglong after the film ends.
Michael Apted
Hugh GrantGene HackmanSarah Jessica Parker
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David MorseBill NunnJohn Toles-BeyPaul GuilfoyleDebra MonkShaun Austin-OlsenAndré De ShieldsJ.K. SimmonsPeter Appel
Elizabeth Hurley
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4.4 out of 5 stars

447 global ratings

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NosidinoReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Medical Thriller
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This movie was right in the vein of the Robin Cook book/ film called Coma. I loved that film and I love this film just as much.

Hugh Grant plays a doctor that stumbles upon a mysterious patient that has weird symptoms that just don't compute. When trying to find out the reasons he is stymied and then framed before assassins are sent after him. I won't go into too many details of the film but I will say this: The ethical and moral implications of the film make one think. One solution to the problem would be to use convicted criminals sentenced to death as living, breathing human lab rats. while the ACLU would object to this I can see no problem with it so long as the criminals consented to this and their families were paid a fair stipend. This way the murderers would be helping society and their deaths would mean something.

Despite the movie being made in the 1990's I had no real problems with understanding it. Unlike what one reviewer said the speech and clothes did not bother me one bit. This was the greatest decade of my life, the decade I came of age in so I identified with it. All of the actors were great and the casting was superb. This is a Four and a Half Star film. Buy it on DCVD and you won't be disappointed. My one real problem with the film was it's presentation in full screen. Unfortunately it does not seem to be available in widescreen. I'm the 78th person to review this great film.

A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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MavericksHMBReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Still relevant today - 2 decades after release
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Even 2 decades after this movie was released, the ethical and moral questions this movie raises are still relevant. Is it okay to sacrifice a few (especially if no one will miss them), for the benefit of the many? The film definitely has the feel of a 90's era movie: the clothes, the haircuts, even the speech. Having said that, don't let the 90's look detract from the message. The script was pretty good. I have mixed feelings about Hugh Grant as an actor, but he does this role justice and is believable. There are times in the movie that you even feel sorry for him. Gene Hackman as Dr Myrick is very credible and certainly comes close to making you feel that his actions are justified. The last 20 minutes of the film is worth the lead up. Both sides make their arguments and do it very well. It's here that the viewer has some decisions to make of their own. Is human testing justified, knowing the time involved in getting approvals for emerging treatments and technology? Even if those that are experimented on, didn't volunteer? You decide.
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Chris PetersReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I scalped my tickets to go see "witch" in order to watch this doozy of a film. I was disappointed that there was less discussion about antenna theory, which is where I think the final destination of this movie's theme is grounded in. the metaphors are rich and the ground being covered isnt really touched upon from this low of an altitude making some details appararent, but by no means all, to get an understanding of who is being talked about and what the specific details under discuesion really are. However, a well read individual, a defence scientist or anybody else with high security clearance might be able to form a developed idea about the subject matter of extreme measures. I actually don't like fictional movies very much and find acting to be laughable, but this touches on a subject I am currently researching so the tug of war faces and hollaring are acceptable distractions. Again, a welcomed commentary on a sensitive subject that I hope others will take an active interest in.
WordBirdReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good movie
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I don't like Hugh Grant or Sarah Parker, but they did such a good job of acting in this movie that they made their characters completely believable. Very suspenseful too.
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Maria Romana, Romantic Suspense AuthorReviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
No Easy Answers
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I love a great thriller, but this one is special. There's no clear-cut, black and white, good guys and bad guys here. The story keeps pulling you in opposite directions, and you're never 100% sure who you can trust, just like the characters aren't sure. You're also never 100% sure how you want it to turn out, which will keep you hanging on every word until the end.

For those who are sensitive, there's no graphic sex or violence; there *is* violence, it's just appropriate for the story line and not a bunch of gratuitous gore. Highly recommend.
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aislinReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A poignant film about illegal medical experiments.
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A sturdy re-telling of the age old topic of illegal medical experiments.
AlexReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Extreme Measures"
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I would rather rate actual novel by Michael Palmer which I read but not the movie which I haven't seen yet. So my rating is for the book not for the movie yet. when I see movie I will rate it but not before. Michael Palmer writes very captivating medical thrillers which I like very much and I would like to see more movies made by his novels
GeoRichReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Love Hugh Grant
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This was a good film. This is a serious role for HG so he gets to show off his acting chops. And Gene Hackman is at his slitheriest best!
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