Starring: Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Kerri Russell
Directed by: Tom Vaughan (“What Happens in Vegas”)
Written by: Robert Nelson Jacobs (“Chocolat”)

“Extraordinary Measures” is one of those inspirational movies that would have worked better if it had stayed in the pages of a nonfiction novel or newspaper article. Instead, director Tom Vaughan and screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs attempt to take this story of parental love and whittle it down to form a film with some kind of emotional resonance. It works to a point if you’re a sucker for tearjerkers, but the simplistic filmmaking and script is far too much to overlook. Harrison Ford does what he can, but in the end “Extraordinary Measures” is about as affective as the last hour of a day-long telethon.

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