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John Q 2002

A down-on-his luck father, whose insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant, takes the hospital's emergency room hostage until the doctors agree to perform the operation...

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Very good movie. Loved it. 10/10
Denzel Washington Never fail's to disappoint.
I saw this movie last year, and just watched it again today, because I loved it the first time around.

"A real audience-pleaser that will strike a chord with anyone who's ever waited in a doctor's office, emergency room, hospital bed or insurance company office."
-- Louis B. Hobson, JAM! MOVIES
Emotional, and spectacularly dramatic.

9/10 :fresh:
JOHN Q (2002)

THE GOOD:

--I liked how this movie had a little bit of everything. John (Denzel Washington) gave a tear-inducing speech to his son near the end of the film, and the film is mostly dramatic showing the struggle John and his wife go through. Though the comedy was very funny, I loved seeing Shawn Hatosy's character get beaten up by his girlfriend, and the little mockeries of media. We also get some good suspense/thriller stuff with the sniper in the building.

--The acting in "John Q" is most likely to be it's biggest strength. Denzel Washington, fresh from an Oscar win for the stunning "Training Day", is as good as he always is, displaying fierce determination as an exterior and we also see throughout his performance than John really is just a heartbroken man, so very upset about his son's possible death. Kimberley Elise gives a quite outstanding performance and she's very underrated. The supporting actors (Robert Duvall, Ray Liotta, Anne Heche and so on) also do well but not are not as stunning and award-worthy as the two leads.

--I liked the messages to American public health in this film. I don't live in America, I don't know how the health system works over there, but this film allowed me a little insight into it, and I've been told from various friends who live in the country that the depiction of the cruel health system in America is very accurate. I found it intriguing, as well as very sad, that money was such a big issue.

--The operation scene was quite amazingly done, probably the highlight of the film.

THE BAD:

--The film is very predictable. I could actually tell what was going to happen at the end very early into the film, and it was a very convenient ending to me and mished far too well.

--MAJOR SPOILERS: The most annoying scene/moment in this film is how you see John about to shoot himself, and then later it cuts to him being alive again? He was fully about to pull the trigger, what stopped him? There was no one there is dissuade him about his decision and the lady who was running to tell him was way away from John.

--I found some of the supporting characters in the film to be annoying and rather useless to the film (Ray Liotta). Some also are very stereotyped and underdeveloped, which was frustrating at times. The leads were very well developed though.

RATING:

8/10 - An underrated, brilliantly acted film with some small drawbacks.

IF YOU LIKED THIS MOVIE I RECOMMEND:

Catch Me If You Can (9/10)
Don't Say a Word (6/10)
The Hurricane (9/10)
Phone Booth (9/10)
Training Day (9/10)
and more...


:fresh: This is the kind of story that gets to me. People who go to extreme measures and face impossible odds for someone they love.


Set up with great actors/actresses, Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Ray Liotta, and Eddie Griffin. This movie I believe hits where it was meant to, your heart. About a father with limited amounts of money, a job that he finds out has cut him down to just enough hours so he can't get benefits, and now his son has a bad heart. So with his son about to die and his wife telling him to do anything he can to save him, what happens? He takes a hospital hostage and tries to get his son a new heart. It's very good and it makes even the hardest people sympathetic to the characters.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Eddie Griffin, Kimberly Elise, Shawn Hatosy, and Ray Liotta.
Directed by Nick Cassavetes.
Written by James Kearns.
Rated PG-13 (for violence, language and intense thematic elements).
Running time approximately 1 hour 52 minutes.

So much talent went into this film - just look at that cast - and yet it turned out to be an exercise in tearjerking mediocrity. John Q is an example of how to waste a dream cast in what seems like a made-for-TV production with one of the worst screenplays and possibly the worst musical score ever in a feature that takes itself seriously (and hopes we do the same). The film is a monumental disappointment, made watchable only by the wonderful performances - even if the characters are tired cliches - and some good surprises here and there. The ending is unapologetically melodramatic, and certain characters' questionable morality plays did not sit well with me. This is probably one of the most disappointing films I've seen in years. This cast deserves much better. ** (out of ****) C
A movie that shows how society and the health care system really is.
5.00/10
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