Release year: 1996
Director: Michael Apted
Screenwriter: Tony Gilroy, Michael Palmer (based on the novel by)
Starring: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gene Hackman, David Morse, Bill Nunn, John Toles-Bey, Paul Guilfoyle, Debra Monk
When dedicated and successful doctor Guy Luthan (Grant) treats a patient who he looses without ever discovering what was wrong with the patient, he can’t let it go. When the body disappears before he can find any answers, he starts investigating the case and discovers there are more cases similar to his. But someone doesn’t want him to find the answers to his questions.
Based on the novel by Michael Palmer, Extreme Measures is a thriller with a little more debt, as it deals with ethics and sincerely has you wondering whether the bad guys have a point. It lifts the movie higher than the average 1990s thriller, as does the convincing medical scenes and intelligent dialogue. Grant (About a Boy, 2002) worked out of character from what we had gotten used to see him as here, but definitely holds his ground as the everyday man deep into trouble. The fact that he isn’t a typical hero-type makes him easier to identify with and makes the scenes more tense. Morse (The Long Kiss Goodnight, 1996) and Hackman (Enemy of the State, 1998) as earlier proven they do intense and intimidating well and these parts they could do in their sleep while Parker (Failure to Launch, 2006) manage to make an impact as sweet and timid in a small but important part. It is a tense little thriller which leaves you talking about ethics.
This was the first production from Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley’s production company ‘Simian Films’.
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