Extraordinary Measures: Sentiment Makes a Comeback

In Extraordinary Measures and The Blind Side, sentiment makes a comeback

Brendan Fraser, left, and Harrison Ford in Extraordinary Measures.

Forget 3-D, CGI and performance capture. The only special effects the new, fact-based drama Extraordinary Measures needs are Brendan Fraser's big watery eyes. They gaze at a wheelchair-bound child and fill helplessly with sympathy, empathy, pathos. They glint with a steely resolve when he thinks of a way to prolong the lives of his ailing kids. And when he fights to bring a crucial medication to fruition, viewers' eyes may mist up a bit as well. Such is the emotive impact of the movie genre known as the true-life inspirational.

Extraordinary Measures, based on a book by Wall Street Journal reporter...

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