Directed by Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog, She’s So Lovely, My Sister’s Keeper) John Q is a rather controversial movie about health-care in America. It seems that this movie has been pushed aside due to its subject, and we are here to correct that error. First of all, this script is quite real and I believe that has already happened (well, without the whole hostage thing) which gives even more emotional leverage to the movie. The acting is phenomenal, Denzel lead this old school crew ’till the end. Everyone was believable and quite committed, even Anne Heche as the bitch from Hell. With a strong political message, especially at the end, John Q is not only a thriller or a drama, but a statement about the health-care system. I must admit that the movie was very emotional to me, although you could clearly see the tricks used to achieve this, but I just sort of let go and went with the vibe. With the whole hostage situation and the fight for the new heart, we have so much going on that it is amazing that the director made the movie so coherent (also the different hostages have their stories and lives). Right at the end of the movie, there was a skip moment that I did not like, but everything else is excellent.

John Quincy Archibald is a hard worker, trying to make enough money for his wife and their son. They are getting by and trying to enjoy the mundane life with their son. But one day, after he collapses during a baseball game, everything is about to change. Diagnosed with a some very serious heart problems, his only hope is a new heart. During this, John is struggling to keep up with ever-growing hospital bills and trying to raise money for the expensive procedure. With no apparent way out of this situation and his son’s life about to extinguish, John Q decides that it is time for some drastic actions…

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Cast: Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise, Anne Heche, Eddie Griffin, Robert Duvall, Ray Liotta

Fun Facts: Despite its thrilling progression, the cast actually did laugh at the scene when the eccentric couple break up in the hospital.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0251160/

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