DVD Review by Kam Williams
Headline: DVD Recounts Parents’ “Extraordinary Measures” to Save Sick Kids
Two of John (Brendan Fraser) and Aileen (Keri Russell)
Nonetheless, John, a Harvard MBA employed by the pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers, decided to dedicate himself to saving his kids’ lives. So, he traveled to the
Next, both John and the brilliant, if unorthodox professor both quit their jobs in order to create a biotech foundation with the sole purpose of finding a cure for Pompe. Thus, while the highly-motivated father relied on his business background to raise $100 million dollars, Dr. Stonehill focused on discovering a drug which would do the work of the Pompe patients’ missing enzyme.
Directed by Tom Vaughan, Extraordinary Measures is based on “The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million –and Bucked the Medical Establishment—in a Quest to Save His Children,” a best seller by Pulitzer Prize-winner Geeta Anand. This tender tearjerker basically revolves around the strained relationship of Mr. Crowley and Dr. Stonehill during the agonizing wait to see whether Megan and Patrick will be blessed with their much needed medical miracle.
Harrison Ford, shines though cast against type, as do Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell in a syrupy saga which somehow proves moving, in spite of a fairly formulaic, Hollywood approach to the execution of the Crowleys’ truly inspirational story.
Very Good (3 stars)
Rated PG for mature themes, suggestive material and mild epithets.
Running time: 106 Minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Extras: Deleted scenes and go behind the scenes with interviews with both the cast and the family whose true story inspired the film.