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John Q


John Q

Cast: Denzel Washington, Daniel E. Smith, Kimberly Elise, Ray Liotta, Paul Johansson, Anne Heche.

Director: Nick Cassevetes 

Double Oscar-winner Denzel Washington stars in this dramatic thriller about a father driven to extreme measures to save his son.

Washington plays the blue collar John Quincy Archibald, loving father to nine-year-old Mike (Daniel E. Smith) and husband to Denise (Kimberly Elise).

One day Mike collapses during a baseball game and tests reveal he is in desperate need of a heart transplant or else he'll die very soon. But the Archibald's insurance won't cover the operation. A top surgeon played by James Woods sympathises with their plight, but his hands are tied by hospital policy.

After exploring every possible option, John resorts to desperate measures - he storms into the hospital emergency room with a gun and takes everyone hostage, demanding a heart transplant for his son.

The situation escalates into a media fiasco involving a grandstanding police chief (Ray Liotta); an exploitative TV reporter (Paul Johansson from TV2's One Tree Hill) and an evil hospital administrator (Anne Heche). Robert Duvall plays the hostage negotiator trying to calm matters.

John Q is straightforward, watchable melodrama with Denzel executing his trademark self-righteous thing with admirable restraint, considering the premise.

Trivia: John Q was originally going to be the title of Citizen Kane.


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