“Extraordinary Measures” is inspired by the true story of John Crowley, a man who defied conventional wisdom and great odds, and risked his family’s future to pursue a cure for his children’s life threatening disease. From his working class roots, John Crowley has finally begun to taste success in corporate America. Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen (Keri Russell) and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. With Aileen by his side, harnessing all of his skill and determination, Crowley teams up with a brilliant, but unappreciated and unconventional scientist, Dr. Robert Stonehill. Together they form a bio—tech company focused on developing a life—saving drug. One driven to prove himself and his theories, the other by a chance to save his children, this unlikely alliance eventually develops into mutual respect as they battle the medical and business establishments in a fight against the system – and time.
- Tom Vaughan
- Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell
It's about as dramatically taut as your garden-variety board meeting. And it makes you realize that jerking a tear or two isn't necessarily a bad thing for a filmmaker to do, if it at least keeps your audience awake.Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 07.07.2010
As the film builds to a credulity-testing climax, there is less schmaltz than you might expect from the screenwriter of Chocolat -- though the filmmakers seldom hesitate to milk the Crowley kids and other Pompe-afflicted children for tears.Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 07.07.2010
Vaughan has a tendency to underline, italicize and boldface the emotion when no such emphasis is needed.Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 09.23.2011
It sometimes feels like one of those "disease of the week" TV movies from the 1970s.Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, 06.24.2010