Extreme Measures [DVD] 
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant film. I'm not a in depth film critic at all but it was believable and then some.Published 3 months ago by i3an
Hugh Grant, plays a great ER Doctor, opposite Gene Hackmans unethical neurologist. Great thought proving film.Published 3 months ago by Terry
The thought-provoking storyline is amazing and so is the acting, great casting too. I don't usually like solo British actors in US movies but this one was spot on.Published 3 months ago by Martin & Nina
Apart from the fact that I always find Hugh Grant unconvincing, he is at his best here. No stupid silliness, and that's good, because I never find him funny. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ozymandias
Thoroughly entertaining mystery/action drama, with an all star cast leading the main characters and providing some strong performances to keep the story moving - highly... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stormchaser86
Brilliant... A twist at every turn. I thought it was going to be another one of those second rate films but it's now 1.30am in the morning and its kept me wide awake watching. Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Thomas
Didn't watch the film.......Didn't need to. The whole plot is given away in the trailer!!Published 5 months ago by Stephen B.
I loved this film. It feels like a good old '90s movie with lots of intrigue, action, jokes, and Hugh Grant exhibiting his floppy haired and stammering charm.Published 7 months ago by Clarence Singleton