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Films: Extraordinary Measures * * *

If you've seen the trailer for this movie and know that it's "inspired by true events", then you could be forgiven for thinking that this is just a by-the-numbers 'disease of the week' TV movie, but there's a fair bit more going on here.

Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell play a couple whose two youngest children, aged eight and six, suffer from the debilitating Pompe disease, which gives them a life expectancy of little more than nine years. John Crowley (Fraser) contacts Dr Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford), who has been doing radical research into the disease, and so John, leaving his job with a pharmaceutical firm, goes about setting up one himself to put Stonehill's theories into practice to save his children and others.

There's nothing hugely original on offer, but Fraser is believable, Ford is good at being cantankerous, and, all in all, this is pretty acceptable fare.


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