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Friday, April 30, 2010

[4.75/10] Extraordinary Measures (2010)

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

Except instead of feeling like a cinematic endeavor, "Extraordinary Measures" comes off feeling like an exhaustingly lengthy TV movie, where events are episodic, happening in sporadic order and in jumpy fashion. The editing style is so amateur, and so simplistic, that it practically screams that it was made for television consumption. Acting wise, Droeger is the only real standout in a cast. She plays Megan so beautifully and authentically that it seems like a bad lie to even attempt to suggest she is not. Her pain is so wonderfully conveyed that it makes the film so much better than it actually is. Fraser is just not right for the role at all. He seems to be able to pull it off in some scenes, but for the majority, just seems off. But then, he was not all that great in his other decidedly adult role in "Crash" either. Ford on the other hand, simply looks like he is phoning his performance in. None of the charisma, the charm or the enthusiasm we have grown to know him for is on display here. This could have been a very exciting and emotional tearjerker with some corporate intrigue mixed in, but instead "Extraordinary Measures completely" lacks passion.

  • My Rating: 4.75/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 28% (4.8/10)
  • IMDb: 6.2/10


DEZMOND said...

Brendan Fraser is such a nice guy, and I do love how he always makes movies for kids, family and fantasy loving people, but I'm sad nobody is noticing his true acting talent. He swept me of my feet two times with his stunning dramatic performances in THE QUIET AMERICAN and CRASH. I truly believe he should've won Oscars for both roles, especially the first one.
I hope he will be like Sandra Bullock - getting an Oscar after many years of commercial roles.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

I mostly agree with you, Dez! Brendan is such an emotional and charismatic actor. (He's also a charmer), but I think he'd better stick with family and fantasy flicks, instead starring in heavy-on-drama films, like "Crash" and "Extraordinary Measures". His vital and powerful aura is so naturally joyous, I just can't take him as dramatic actor. Drama's just not right for him and I think casting directors have already noticed that so they don't often pick him for such roles! :) He was absolutely sensational in "The Quiet American", but I almost hated the movie. Fingers crossed one day he'll get an Oscar! :)