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John Q (Blu-ray)

Released on 13 April 2009

Featuring: Gabriela Oltean, Denzel Washington & Kimberly Elise

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 15 years & over

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John Q. Archibald (Denzel Washington, Training Day, Remember the Titans) is an ordinary man whose life revolves around his family. His wife Denise (Kimberly Elise, Beloved, Set It Off) and young son Michael (Daniel E. Smith) are his world. But when Michael falls seriously ill and needs an emergency heart transplant operation that John Q. can't afford and his health insurance won't cover, he vows to do whatever it will take to keep his son alive. With time and options running out, a desperate gamble becomes his only hope - he takes the hospital emergency room hostage. In addition, John Q. stars Robert Duvall (Gone In 60 Seconds, The Godfather), Eddie Griffin (Armageddon, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo), Shawn Hatosy (Outside Providence, In & Out), Anne Heche (Six Days, Seven Nights, Psycho), Ray Liotta (Hannibal, Heartbreakers), James Woods (Any Given Sunday, Virgin Suicides) and is directed by Nick Cassavetes.

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 I Am Not Going To Bury My Son! My Son Is Going To Bury Me!

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Denzel Washington is cast in a very unusual role, one that he has never portrayed before, and does it exceptionally well. Denzel plays John Quincy Archibald, an average guy and a working father trying to keep bread on the table and a roof over his familys head. His wife Denise (Kimberly Elise) plays her part beautifully as the distressed and loving mother.

John Qs son collapses whilst playing in a baseball game and anxiously, he is taken to hospital by ambulance. John and his wife discover that their son has an enlarged heart and a transplant is necessary to save his life.

Since his health insurance does not cover his sons condition, he is turned away and refused hospital treatment. John goes through great lengths to raise money just to get his sons name on the heart donors list. Attempting many ways to raise the money for the operation, finally failing in his endeavour to find the funds to operate on his son, John Q takes extreme measures to protect the family he idolises so dearly. He takes a number of hospital staff hostage and hopefully brings much needed attention to his appeal for help from the system, which he claims is bound in red tape with unsympathetic care to the sick.

Such a hostage seize gains much attention from the media and public as the action is publicised. The hostages he takes appear to support him and the gradual accumulation of TV audiences are also supportive.

The supporting cast is brilliant and includes Lt. Frank Grimes (Robert Duvall) as the hostage negotiator full of sympathy and convincingly portrayed, Dr Raymond Turner (James Woods) as a pathetic unconcerned surgeon realising that he probably will not get paid for his surgical skills, Rebecca Payne (Anne Heche) as a heartless hospital administrator and also Ray Liotta (Chief Of Police) just eager to disperse the crowds outside the hospital and squash the siege in typical gun-ho fashion!

John Q is one of Denzels finest performances. An emotional drama, packed with tension, which will focus you to the screen for the duration of the movie. One might conclude that the film delivers a strong message and the sad testament to the healthcare issues has a big impact on American audiences, and I am sure just about every other middle class citizen around the world can relate to it also. Blu-ray quality and sound is quite acceptable and grain free.

 Must Have Film - Denzel Washington at his best

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I think this is Denzel Washington's best perfomance and there are intense emotions throughout the whole movie. So 5-star rating goes to that.

Blu-ray transfer is satisfactory overall. Picture and sound quality are very good for a movie with no special effects.

Highly recommended film with excellent acting!

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ActorsGabriela Oltean, Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise, Ron Annabelle, Daniel E. Smith, David Thornton, Barry G. King, Laura Harring, Kevin Connolly, Larissa Laskin, Vanessa Branch, Stephanie Moore, James Finnerty, Anne Heche & James Woods
DirectorNick Cassavetes
Certificate15 years and over
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)