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Preachy but worthy drama about rich poor divide
on 7 June 2015
A well meaning message movie but boy does it hammer its point home to the extent that those of a more hardened disposition may simply feel that its preaching to the converted.
After all we're all aware of the importance of wealth, to some extent every human needs some form of value or currency to trade.
Here the story centres on a noble but poor man who cannot afford his sons health and transplant bills.
He takes drastic measures to get him on the list.
If the Michael Keaton Thriller Desperate Measures, which has a similar deperate dad/doner kid plot goes straight for big budget action thrills, then John Q is its very serious dramatic cousin, although some humour is added at times.
The interesting thing viewing it years after Q's release is just how relevant the healthcare debate is and still raging in the U.S.
As usual Denzel is a class act as the hero, aided by a top notch cast, and if your in the mood for high brow drama and some politics this is decent fare.