Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 06, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Desperate Measures

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Andy Garcia, Michael Keaton, Marcia Gay Harden, Janel Moloney
director
Barbet Schroeder
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an D

In Desperate Measures, Andy Garcia plays a cop whose sick son needs a bone-marrow transplant in order to survive; Michael Keaton is the vicious convicted murderer with the right DNA to be a donor but with a really bad attitude. The ludicrous ethical underpinnings of this numbingly inane thriller would, you think, be just the ticket for director Barbet Schroeder, but you’d think wrong: By the time the action degenerates into an old-fashioned car chase, you may wish you were watching General Hospital. D

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