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John Q (2002)

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6/10: Have a Heart
Monday, March 19, 2007

Denzel Washington is a hard-working blue collar father whose son needs a heart transplant but who has run out of money and can't afford further medical treatment. He impulsively takes over Hope Memoral Hospital in Chicago, calling himself "John Q." (as in "John Q. Public"), holds the minimal weekend staff hostage and demands that his son be put on the list of recipients for a donated heart by a doctor (Anne Heche). Outside, the police (Robert Duvall and Ray Liotta) surround the place, a thousand guns aimed at the hospital, and try variously to negotiate with him or to snipe him. No donor being available, Washington decides that since he and his son have been tissue-typed and match, Washington will blow his own brains out to provide the necessary heart. Lots of arguments follow, involving chiefly one of the hostages who happens to be a cardiac surgeon (James Woods). As in a miracle, a young woman with...

2/10: a very long political commercial based on questionable assumptions
Sunday, February 27, 2005

This is essentially a long political commercial for national health care. If you are looking for a good entertaining movie without a lot of political baggage, then you should be warned. The situation depicted is that of a man who can not afford a heart transplant for his son. In desperation he holds the hospital staff hostage until they agree to do the operation. Much is made, in the film, of the need for a national health care plan to avoid such situations. To my knowledge this situation has never occurred. There are several reasons why. The first is that doctors, in the main, are life savers and it is against their nature to refuse to save a life. One doctor might, but many others would step in to take his place. The second is that there is a Hippocratic oath which all doctors take. It commits them to saving lives. The oath does not have legal force, but it...

7/10: Thriller, action and family drama mixed into one
Sunday, November 5, 2006

John Q' is a film which revolves around John Quincy Archibald, a decent man who works hard and is law-abiding. But when his ten-year-old son Mike is diagnosed with a cardiac condition and desperately needs a heart transplant that the family's insurer's refuse to pay for, John is force to take matters into his own hands. With his son weakening, John takes the staff and patients of a hospital hostage as he demands doctors perform the surgery.Denzel Washington plays John and, as usual, gives a very effecting performance that shows the strength and determination of a father's love without descending into schmaltz. Kimberly Elise, in her role as John's wife Denise nicely compliments his portrayal as a wife who wants a quiet life but will support her husband in anything if that is what it takes to save their son. The film also has strong support from Robert Duvall, as the hostage...

10/10: Not as bad as they say it is
Saturday, January 31, 2009

I remember when this movie came out there was a lot of criticism towards it. I can honestly say that the only good things I heard about about it was these positive reviews on Amazon. I was determined to see it and I was finally able to see it. Guess what? It isn't as bad as these critics say it is but then again the movie going public are usually made up of morons.Premise: John Q Archibald's son passes out during a baseball game. Once taken to the hospital John and his wife find out that their son has an enlarged heart. John goes through great lengths to get money just to get his son's name on the heart donor's list only to get screwed over by the same hospital that was supposed to look out for him. Down on his last luck, John Q holds the whole hospital hostage at gunpoint until his son...

6/10: John Q
Thursday, June 4, 2009

From director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook), I think the lead actor was the most appealing and obvious reason to see the film, with some other good people too. Basically Michael 'Mike' Archibald (Daniel E. Smith), son of John Quincy Archibald (Denzel Washington), collapses during a baseball game as a result of heart failure. Then John and his wife Denise (Kimberly Elise) find out that Mike needs a heart transplant or he will die, but unfortunately, they don't have the $250,000 for the operation, and their insurance won't cover it. Out of options to raise cash quickly, John "Q" takes a gun into the hospital and holds everyone, staff and patients, hostage until the doctors agree to put Mike on the transplant list. Soon the police show up outside, led by Lt. Frank Grimes (Robert Duvall) and Chief Gus Monroe (Ray Liotta), and their only communication with John is through the phone, negotiating for hostages to be released...

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