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Extreme Measures [DVD] [1996]

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4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Gene Hackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse, Bill Nunn
  • Directors: Michael Apted
  • Writers: Michael Palmer, Tony Gilroy
  • Producers: Andrew Scheinman, Chris Brigham, Elizabeth Hurley, Jeanney Kim
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jun. 2000
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R84P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Englishman in New York Dr Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant) is puzzled by the mysterious death of one of his patients, a homeless man wearing a special hospital wristband. Subsequent investigations lead to the door of the renowned neurologist Dr Lawrence Myrick (Gene Hackman), who appears to be involved in an unethical research project.

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Extreme Measures loses credibility near the climax when it sacrifices its hold on reality, but this entertaining, intelligent thriller effectively applies a formulaic plot to the complicated ethics of medical research. It also gives Hugh Grant an opportunity to break free from lightweight comedy by playing an emergency room surgeon who discovers that a renowned neurologist (Gene Hackman) has been conducting secret experiments on patients. When Grant fails to save a patient whose body later mysteriously disappears from the morgue, his investigation leads to an underground community of healthy homeless people, some of whom have been test subjects in Hackman's revolutionary, but criminal research toward a cure for paralysis. Co-produced by actor-model Elizabeth Hurley and capably directed by Michael Apted, this otherwise conventional thriller rises above its limitations by asking morally complex questions that give its far-fetched plot an extra kick of dramatic impact. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is another one of those films, which I'd never heard of until it appeared on TV one day, and thought it was bound to be another one of those straight to video little known releases that would be possibly average but in all likelihood, probably worse. To my delight this was thrilling, exciting, thought provoking and generally an all round good movie.
The plot is simple and has been done before in various guises although comparisons with the similarly hospital set "Coma" are easy to draw. Hugh Grant plays English Dr Guy Luthan working at an inner city New York hospital. One of the patients he treats dies in mysterious circumstances, but what is stranger is that the body also disappears. Desperate to discover what is going on under the respectable surface of the hospital he starts to investigate deeper only to find he is set up by people who would rather he didn't dig too deeply and finds himself on drugs charges and suspended from his job.
As I say the story has been done before but it none the less exciting this time round. There is a fantastic scene in the depths of the New York subway system and similarly as good scenes in the clinical spotlessness of the hospital wards.
The finale scene of the film is also worth a mention for the moral dilemma it throws up. Gene Hackman, who can play a mean baddie as well as anyone, gives a surprisingly persuasive argument against ethical medical procedures and there is a part of you who does agree with him. Grant answers with the counter-argument that you know is right, but it doesn't stop the questioning there.
All in all, a great thriller which takes the audience on something more than a shoot 'em up car chase ridden film and actually has the intelligence to pose some questions for late night thinking.
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Not the best Hackman movie I've seen and he plays a relatively minor role here, but the film is still entertaining and it makes a change to see Hugh Grant in a more serious role as a hospital surgeon instead of him playing his usual bumbling lightweight characters or period drama rogue or gallant. If you like films like 'Coma' and 'The Film' you will like this movie too. Grant plays the part of a hospital surgeon who can't make out why a patient of his, with unusual unexplained symptoms, dies on him after uttering some strange clues as to why he has a cut on his back and then he disappears. He starts to ask too many questions of his colleagues and superiors and in doing so 'rattles too many cages internally' that he is set up for a crime he didn't commit to oust him from his post and ruin his medical career to throw him off the scent. Only he doesn't give up; he is more determined than ever to find out what is going on. Eventually, he pieces together the clues and finds out that lots of homeless vagrants and other social misfits are being experimented on like rats to help further neurological research that will enable paraplegics to walk again. Only what they are doing is highly unethical and illegal and his determination to get to the bottom of the intrigue nearly gets him killed.
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.There was only one reason I wanted to watch this film originally is because Gene Hackman was in it. I have never liked Hugh Grant.... well what a shock.... He can actually act pretty well.
This is a superb medical thriller that basically kicks off with a patient dying of horrendous unknown symptoms whilst Hugh ,as Guy a medical doctor, tries to treat him in the hospital emergency room..Whilst inquiring into the test results he discovers the patient and his records have disappeared..
The plot then takes a turn as Guy decides to investigate and gets caught up in the underworld of the down and outs living below the city in the sewers and tunnels that run underground in most cities. There are a few weaves in the story but Guy eventually discovers that Gene, Dr Lawrence Myrick a highly respected doctor is doing medical experiments on unwilling homeless people all in the name of medical research.
It is a highly thought provoking plot.The outcome would change the lives of thousands of people, but at what cost?
Of course it is it right to want to achieve that result, but to take short cuts is morally wrong.Gets you thinking......
Great film... I loved it!
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By A Customer on 3 April 2001
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I really enjoyed this. It was refreshingly free of annoying plot add-ons and set in the ordinary world, which made it a lot better than many other more far-fetched thrillers. Indeed, its central questions are even more relevant today, when the issue of whether it is right to use research that was carried out by Nazi scientists is often in the news. I'd recommend this.
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By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2001
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Probably the only film in which Hugh Grant does not bumble around in a very English way - there is action, and an interesting plot. Not a brain-teaser, but still watchable, and a refreshing change from Grant's usual films.
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But this time with an English guy as opposed to a French chick. Gene Hackman playing a character of the sort that is usually played by Gene Hackman but Hugh Grant playing a Hugh Grant character in a different situation than normal. Good matinee stuff and even has Hugh saying the 'F' word to remind people watching what movie he starred in just previously. The actor playing the lawyer for Hugh Grant's character should take up another career, possibly directing genre movies.
It's not bad and does have things going for it but the moral cosh is overdone and it has too many stereotypes.
It was probably messed up in production with silly casting before it got to direction, but despite itself I think it's a solid 3 stars.
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