JOHN Q. (Theatrical Release USA 2002)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

John Q. seems an appeal for universal health care through a severe manipulation of audience emotion by creating a ‘what if’ scenario  and then supplies that feel good conclusion that seems meant to cinch the knot of how the audience should feel about universal health care. That apparent strong agenda takes it out of the realm of pure entertainment.  Before watching, it’s good to do some research on America’s health care options during the time this film was made. The movie, overall, is tense, engaging, and well-written.

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A man does everything he can to preserve his son’s life. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Nick Cassavetes for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules for making the film possible. John Archibald (Denzel Washington), Denise Archibald (Kimberly Elise), Michael Archibald (Daniel Smith), Dr. Raymond Turner (James Woods), Rebecca Payne (Anne Heche), Lieutenant Frank Grimes (Robert Duvall), Chief Gus Monroe (Ray Liotta), Lester Matthews (Eddie Griffin), Mitch Quigley (Shawn Hatosy), Jimmy Palumbo (David Thornton), Gina Palumbo (Laura Harring), Max Conlin (Ethan Suplee), Steve Maguire (Kevin Connolly), Tuck Lampley (Paul Johansson), Julie Byrd (Heather Wahlquist), and Miriam Smith (Troy Breyer). 

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This movie is good drama, especially for the audience who loves an inspiring film. Denzel Washington has most of the camera. The movie could be classified as a one-man role that, due to the level of emotion that needs to be pulled, would be an exhausting character to interpret well. Be assured that there is no lack in Washington's acting ability here. 

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