- Rob Carnevale
- 17 February 2010
Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser add some high-powered star wattage to Tom Vaughan’s otherwise formulaic medical drama about a father’s desperate attempt to save his children from a potentially fatal disease.
Inspired by a Wall Street Journal article written by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Geeta Anand, as well as her subsequent book, Extraordinary Measures is as heartfelt as you might expect, yet nowhere near as probing as it could have been.
It centres on real-life father John Crowley’s relentless attempt to manufacture a cure for two of his three children after they are diagnosed with Pompe disease, a rare genetic disorder related to muscular dystrophy.
Fraser plays Crowley with the right amount of compassion and single-minded devotion, while Ford is the gruff, unconventional doctor who may have come up with a life-saving drug – a character who represents a composite of the many people Crowley dealt with in his battle to beat the clock.
Their odd-couple relationship engages but sometimes blurs the film’s focus when it could have hit harder at the corporate wrangling that might have blocked their path. Vaughan’s unshowy direction thankfully doesn’t overdo the sentiment but does struggle to escape a TV movie feel.
General release from Fri 26 Feb.