John Q (2002)

John Q (2002)
  • Time: 116 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Nick Cassavetes
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Ray Liotta


John Quincy Archibald’s son Michael collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure. John rushes Michael to a hospital emergency room where he is informed that Michael’s only hope is a transplant. Unfortunately, John’s insurance won’t cover his son’s transplant. Out of options, John Q. takes the emergency room staff and patients hostage until hospital doctors agree to do the transplant.

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  • This is a movie with a message. While I don’t agree with all the premises, and think that vigilante justice isn’t usually the way to solve things – this movie does present some strong arguments.

    But I realize that they did many things to slant the story to get the audiences sympathy – even, if like myself, you are not a proponent of a socialist health-care system for our Democratic country. The best way they did this was by casting an adorable child as the innocent victim of a health-care system gone wrong. Add to that the very loving parents, played quite effectively by Denzel Washington and Kimberly Elise, who are also hard workers, and there is very little to fault them for the situation they find themselves in. Granted, this isn’t the case for everyone in the US who find themselves without coverage (as there are many who are just too lazy to work and expect the government to provide all their needs without their making any effort).

    But, with politics aside, this is a very powerful movie that is heavy on the pulling of the heart strings. They do a great job of building and escalating tension throughout the movie – though some may find it manipulative. There is quite a stirring sacrifice offered near the end that I won’t reveal but it really took me by surprise.

    I think one of my favorite scenes is the opening sequence with the impatient lady driving the BMW erratically through the mountains. It was beautifully filmed in slow motion with a rousing classical score to accompany. It was truly memorable and rather shocking in itself in the outcome and how it later ties into the resolution of the movie.

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