MOVIE REVIEW: Dose up on drama, sentiment in ‘Extraordinary Measures’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

It’s good to see Harrison Ford disappear into a role.
He’s permanently connected to two of the most iconic fictional characters of our time: Han Solo from “Star Wars” and Indiana Jones.
But he slips into crusty Dr. Robert Stonehill’s skin in “Extraordinary Measures.” Stonehill believes in long hours of hard science followed by a cold beer, and he doesn’t have time for rules or common courtesy.
He’s trying to cure a rare genetic disorder, and that gets the attention of John Crowley (Brendan Fraser). Crowly has two kids with Pompe disease, which kills before the age of 10.
Crowley puts up with Stonehill’s rough exterior, and the two team up to find a cure.
But it’s not easy. Stonehill has to learn to keep his cool when dealing with investors, and Crowley has to somehow detach his personal feelings from the business at hand.
It is a sentimental film. The young Crowleys, Megan (Meredith Droeger) and Patrick (Diego Velazquez), pluck at the heart strings as their conditions steadily worsen.
“Extraordinary Measures” is also a buddy film, exploring the relationship between Crowley and Stonehill.
In addition, you get a glimpse into the pharmaceutical business. It would’ve been easy to turn the suits into bad guys, but “Extraordinary Measures” doesn’t go that route. There’s drama and conflict, but the disputes are seldom one-sided.
I wasn’t excited about seeing this movie, which is based on a true story. I imagined it would be a movie of the week with overwrought performances, so I was pleasantly surprised by the result.
And by the end, Dr. Robert Stonehill was walking across the screen, not Harrison Ford.
I give “Extraordinary Measures” a B minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

Wizard review
Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Extraordinary Measures” a B.

“I expected to cry the whole time, but I think I laughed more than I cried.”

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