Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The movie Extraordinary Measures opened on Friday, Jan 22nd. The movie, starring Harrison Ford, Keri Russell and Brendan Fraser, is inspired by the story of John Crowley, whose children have a rare genetic disorder which is usually fatal. The story centers around Crowley's quest to bring a drug to market that will slow the progression of his children's disease and extend their lives.
I was first introduced to this story about 3 years ago when I read The Cure: How a Father Raised 00 Million--and Bucked the Medical Establishment--in a Quest to Save His Children by Geeta Anand - the movie is actually adapted from the book. You can read my review here. John Crowley and his family's story really captivated me and I was inspired by the lengths to which a father would go in an effort to save his children.
I haven't seen the movie yet but, so far, the reviews look positive. The NYT's review was not a rave but also didn't bash the release, calling the movie, "nothing extraordinary, but nonetheless satisfying". Time Magazine was more positive about the film and ran an interesting article in which they examined the move of inspirational stories, like the one told in "Extraordinary Measures", from TV movies to films. The articles compares "Extraordinary Measures" to "The Blind Side" but points out there is even more on the line in "Extraordinary Measures" - the lives of two young children.
Did you see it? I would love to hear what you thought!