John Q. details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||R, Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise, James Woods, Anne Heche, Robert Duvall, Ray Liotta, Eddie Griffin, Shawn Hatosy, Kevin Connolly, Daniel E. Smith, Troy Winbush|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Oct 2002|
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Powerful enough to hide its weaknessesBy Gordon Walker from Northern Ireland , 08 Apr 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]An involving, beautifully acted, sometime manipulative issue film, 'John Q' is the story of a factory worker (Washington as John Archibald) whose son is suddenly struck down with heart disease. Given a choice between making little Mike comfortable until he dies and the risk of a heart transplant the distraught parents opt for the transplant confident that their medical insurance will pay for everything. However, John discovers to his horror that because recent downturns have left him working 20 hours a week his employer's policy classifies him as part time and only provides $20,000 dollars of cover. This won't even pay the $75,000 deposit required for surgery. Provoked by his inability to provide for his family or pay for his son's surgery John is driven to desperate measures when he takes the emergency room hostage and demands that his son be put on the transplant list.
Structurally this is an issue-of-the-week TV movie, what transforms it are the sterling performances of a very strong cast. Denzel Washington's portrayal of the tormented father is pitch perfect and Kimberly Elise, as his wife, maintains a nice balance, simultaneously demanding the impossible of her beleagered husband while still showing her love for him thus retaining our sympathy. Robert Duvall brings suitable gravitas to a light and somewhat underwritten part and James Wood manages to make something of his awkwardly written role as the heart surgeon. Anne Heche's character is the weakest link although this again can be ascribed in large measure to a script that makes her just a little too callous to be realistic.
Weak writing in the supporting characters notwithstanding the film works very well overall, hanging primarily on Washington's work which provides the believable dynamic behind the whole plot. The minor roles of the hostages, while somewhat cliched are carried off well and the pacing is very good.
Apart from an ending which was not quite what it could have been the film is very satisfying.
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Not BadBy NitPickyNick (67 reviews) from Dorset, UK , 29 Jan 2011Some good acting in here. An ok drama I would say, but not one I would make an effort to see again.
John QBy a customer from North London , 26 Oct 2010As usual, Denzel Washington is a versatile, riverting to watch actor, who is always highly underated - brilliant, poignant film, worth watching!
John QBy a customer from london , 23 Sep 2010This was recommended to me by a workmate. /i did not find this a very interesting film and wouldnt watch it again
Not Denzil's bestBy Steve Hatton from Cornwall, UK , 11 Sep 2010This film is more an indictment of the US medical system than anything else. The story is a bit beyond the pale and really doesn't stand scrutiny. Some of the actors put in good performances (including Washington) but I am afraid it doesn't really pull the film from the doldrums.
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Perfect film for obamaBy deeko (3 reviews) from Edinburgh , 24 Mar 2010This film had some fine actors and Denzil gives a very good performance. But the there are a number of major flaws which spoil the movie for me. The script is just not up to scratch, the music score is awful, and the direction is pretty lame. If it wasn't for the excellent actors involved this would be a made for TV movie and a poor one at that.
With the current issues with health care reform in the states it looks like a hastily made pro-healthcare film where a bunch of pro-healthcare actors volunteered to do this film to help obama but it was made in 2002, so way off the mark but this is the feel of the film and it drives the health care message home with a sledgehammer.
choose something else.