Merie Weismiller Wallace
Kate Ward
January 21, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

Extraordinary Measures

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
105 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/22/10
performer
Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Dee Wallace
director
Tom Vaughan
author
Robert Nelson Jacobs
genre
Drama

We gave it an B

Extraordinary Measures is hardly an extraordinary movie. In fact, it’s hard to believe that this schmaltzy film found its home on the big screen rather than the Hallmark Channel. But I dare you not to feel something at its conclusion. Just consider the material: Fed up with doctors prescribing a death sentence for his two children — who suffer from the rare and fatal Pompe disease — a proactive businessman (Brendan Fraser) teams up with a temperamental scientist (Harrison Ford) to develop a life-saving drug. The duo hit plenty of roadblocks along the way (lack of funding, power struggles, etc.), and spend much of the film in conference rooms discussing enzymes — unfortunately, not the most moviegoer-friendly fare. The leading men deserve far better than the ho-hum material they?re given (try not to cringe as Ford delivers the oddly placed line, ”I’m gonna go take a crap”). But Fraser works so hard playing a devoted dad, it’s damn hard not to root for him. B

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