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Extreme Measures 1996
A film by Michael Apted with Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman Sarah Jessica Parker, David Morse, Bill Nunn. Get the film on DVD from Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, citydisc Schweiz.
 
Based on the book by Michael Palmer, director Michael Apted (007 - The World Is Not Enough) has shot an underrated movie. In Extreme Measures, the English doctor Guy Luthan (Hugh Grant) works in the emergency room (ER) of an American hospital where he discovers that a group of scientists around Dr. Lawrence Myrick (Gene Hackman) kidnap homeless people in order to use them for medical experiments.
 
Two homeless people manage to escape. One of them ends up in Luthan's ER. He is in a serious condition and shows post-operation scars. After convulsions, the team manages to stabilize him. He tells Luthan that his name is Claude Minkins and that he has been here before. "Triphase" is the keyword he spells. Dr. Luthan does not know what "triphase" is. A new type of medication? Nor does Jeff, who works with Luthan, know what it is. Minkins mentions another name, Teddy Dolson. After new convulsions, he dies. The other homeless person, Teddy Dolson, manages to get to NYC's Grand Central Terminal Station. He is in bad shape, too. He wears only a raincoat and sweats badly.
 
At a party, the daughter of Dr. Myrick (Gene Hackman) reads a telegram from the White House congratulating him to his groundbreaking work in the field of neurological medicine. At the same time, FBI-agent Hare (David Morse) is looking for Teddy Dolson; and Dr. Luthan still wonders why his patient Minkins died. The lab results he gets are very bizarre. He starts investigating the case and finds out that Minkins never got to the hospital's morgue. Luthan's boss thinks that the lab report just shows that the lab is even more ineffective than they thought and he asks Luthan to "drop this thing!". But Luthan digs deeper and finds out the both Minkins and Dolson were homeless. At his request, a secretary does some research on the two men on the computer: Error 781 for both.
 
Luthan goes to the archives in order to have a look at the paperwork on the two patients. His boss comes in and asks him to stop it again. Then, Luthan's apartment gets burgled. The police arrive and find 1/2 once of cocaine; they arrest Luthan right away. He loses his job at the hospital. But this does not stop him. On the contrary: now, he has nothing to lose anymore since he won't be working as a doctor any longer. He asks his assistant Jodie Trammel (Sarah Jessica Parker) to help him. But it turns out that, for a special reason, she works together with Dr. Myrick (for the same reason agent Hare and others do the same).
 
Extreme Measures may have a politically and morally correct ending, but it is a powerful movie with a convincing story - a high tension thriller that captures the viewer's attention from the beginning to the end. Get the film on DVD from Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, citydisc Schweiz.



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