Extraordinary Measures tells the story of a fathers drive to help an idealistic old scientist perfect a drug to help his two severely disabled children. Apparently based on a true story, the film has one of my favourite all time actors in it, so I suspected it would be one I’d enjoy.
To be fair it’s a classic all American story of determination, sadness, hopelessness, with a happy ending, but I guess that it had to tell the story in a dramatically way in order to make it enjoyable to watch. In my own experience, dealing with illness, possible death and facing such unreal odds is no picnic and in some ways the feel good factor of the movie looses the impact of this as it tells the story.
The difficult, pedantic scientist who does things his way, to suit his time table, fighting the fight for his own reasons, but in so doing learning humanity and feelings along the way is heart warming and does touch the emotions. There are times in the film where you are very defiantly left feeling heart sour with tears in your eyes, and there are other times when you can’t help but chuckle as you are wowed by the bravery and steadfast belief of the kids in what their dad is doing.
It is extremely difficult to condense many years of a story into one short 90 minute film without losing the realism and profound effect that the subject matter has on people. Having said that, the team, actors and the director have done a pretty good job all the same. Brandon Fraser plays his part remarkably well, although in hindsight he is not the person I’d have chosen to play the role, as I am just not used to seeing him in this serious type of picture.
The two kids acting the parts of disabled kids were fantastic. I am not really sure if they were disabled kids or not, but either way they did their part proud, and you almost immediately build a kindred relationship with them, and want everything to work out for the best, even though at times you are really expecting the worst for them.
There are so many illnesses in the world, and so many you never hear of till they touch your life. It is amazing when you get to hear the stories of families and people that go through the tough times and fight the bravest of fights, it makes you feel good about life, the people that work so hard to do so much good for people’s lives, and it’s always good to reflect on the world and realise that no matter how bad it seems people out there have it worse and find a way through, so you can too. Defiantly one to watch.