Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Extraordinary Measures (2010)

This is a solid movie based on a true story. John Crowley (Brendan Fraser) works for a management consulting firm in San Francisco, with a lucrative health insurance policy. His two youngest children have a rare and deadly muscular disorder known as Pompe disease. He knows they have a short life expectancy and reads about current studies. He meets University of Nebraska researcher Dr. Robert Stonehill who has a new theory about a possible cure. With support from his wife Aileen (Keri Russell), Crowley raises the funds needed to search for a cure.

The movie was filmed in Oregon and Washington and was the first to be released by CBS Films. Genzyme Corporation is the world's third largest biotechnology company. The story is based on the 2006 book, The Cure, written by journalist Geeta Anand. Crowley’s children were actually younger than is shown in the film and they still must use a respirator. The fictional character Robert Stonehill is based on several scientists, but mainly Dr. William Canfield from Oklahoma.

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