John Q.

Socially relevant messages, simplistic action elements, and teary melodramatic threads are manipulatively and unsuccessfully mixed in Nick Cassavetes' John Q, a film that tries to provide a “hard” look at an honest, working class man, who loses control in his valiant effort to save his child's life.

Severely flawed as the film is, it contains a solid turn from Denzel Washington, who continues the path begun in Training Day (in which embodied a corrupt cop), here playing another flawed hero, deviating from the noble and dignified parts that have defined his two-decade career. The charisma of Washington, who's always appealed to a multi-racial audience and has enjoyed a good track record at the box-office, should help New Line secure mid-range numbers for a movie that, while lacking much realism and is borderline exploitative, still touches on the timely issue of national health insurance for millions of Americans.

However, since this is less of a problem in other countries, New Line will face a marketing challenge in most international markets in positioning John Q as an effective star vehicle or actioner. The film's visibility will be enhanced due to Washington's expected Best Actor Oscar nomination (for Training Day), to be announced on Feb 12, three days before the film's opening.

An ordinary man who works at a factory, John Q. Archibald (Washington) is devoted to wife Denise (Kimberly Elise), who's also a working woman, and young son, Michael. To make ends meet, he's desperately looking for another job, after his work as a machinist is reduced to a part-time and his car is repossessed. Even so, despite enormous problems, the family occupies the center of John's life and source of his joy, with orderly breakfasts and dinners, support of his son's hobbies, and so on.

John's world literally falls apart when his son collapses during a baseball game and is rushed to the hospital. In the worst possible way, he finds out that his son is in dire need of heart transplant, an expensive surgery to be immediately executed if Michael is to survive. In the first, more realistic reel, writer James Kearns presents a rather credible profile of a blue-collar man in tough financial straits, realizing that he doesn't have the insurance he thought he had to cover an operation of such magnitude; according to the film, a heart transplant costs in the neighborhood of $250,000.

Viewers will have no problem sympathizing with the hardships and obstacles faced by an forthright man, fighting against the red tape of various bureaucracies, first the insurance company, then the hospital itself, represented by its cold, matter-of-fact director (a miscast Anne Heche).

Having exhausted all possibilities to pay for his son's operation, John appeals to Dr. Raymond Turner (Woods), head of the hospital's cardiac unit, a fundamentally kind man (at one point, he offers to waive his fee), who's himself caught up in and hampered by the system.
With time and options running out, a desperate gamble becomes John's only hope, and he takes Turner and the entire emergency room hostage. What follows is very much a reworking of Sidney Lumet's masterpiece, Dog Day Afternoon, which told the hard-to-believe but true-story of a loser (Al Pacino), who holds up a Brooklyn bank in order to raise money for his lover's sex-change operation. Like Pacino's hero, John barricades himself within the hospital with an unwitting group of ER hostages, all in need of medical care themselves.

Soon, a “simple” heist snowballs and becomes a citywide scandalous incident. Thrown into the urban mess are a veteran police hostage negotiator (Robert Duvall), who's in conflict with a quick-tempered police chief (Ray Liotta), who wants to bring a swift end to the standoff in what's a crucial time–an election year.

At the end, with no other choice John faces the ultimate parental dilemma: Sacrifice his own life for the sake of his son's. Superficial and gimmicky, at this point the yarns sinks to the level of a schmaltzy TV Movie of the Week in a long, farewell episode, in which John relates to his son his philosophy of life (his Ten Commandments), such as always listen to your mom, be nice to girls and treat them like princesses.
Like Joel Schumacher's urban paranoia tale, Falling Down, John Q. details the anger and desperation built within a man as a result of social and economic factors that are beyond his control. And in its good moments, which are few, John Q. does provide a look at how far an average man would push the envelope, at how ordinary people are pushed to the brink of suicide.

In goal, structure–and problems too–John Q also resembles another New Line socially conscious actioner, Set It Off, except that the latter had four engaging women at its center, whereas John Q. is basically a one-character film, with all the secondary characters vastly underwritten or treated in an offhanded way that only accentuates the film's superficial platitudes. Unfortunately, the story becomes so hyperbolic that the opportunity to make viewers contemplate and take a moral stance about the price they're willing to pay for the lives of their loved ones is totally missed.

John Q. suggests that when a child is sick, parents have tunnel vision, nothing else matters. But like Falling Down, the incoherent movie cannot decide whether John is an ordinary man who becomes an (unlikely) hero or a deranged criminal (in the eyes of the law), hence concluding in an unconvincing manner that's meant to pacify all groups and ideologies involved. Playing it both ways, the filmmakers opt for a sappy conclusion that bags for the audience's sympathy for the victimization of America's underclass, a feeling conveyed by the disingenuous act of placing a card at the end which informs the viewers that 48 millions of Americans have no health insurance.

Despite the picture's clichs and preposterous elements, Washington rises to the occasion, soaking up the essence of John Q. turning himself into a man containing rage that's about to explode at any moment. Though not as brutal and corrupt as his Training Day's cop, Washington plays John Q. as a man with inner demons and complexity. Precise and confident, it's a performance that benefits from the actor's modulated voice, grace of movement, and sincerity of craft.

It remains to be seen how John Q, which does tap into one of America's worst collective nightmares, will be actually perceived by moviegoers: As a star vehicle for Washington or as a shamelessly calculating movie with a “social conscience,” one that exploits timely ideas for its avariciously commercial purpose.

xosotin chelseathông tin chuyển nhượngcâu lạc bộ bóng đá arsenalbóng đá atalantabundesligacầu thủ haalandUEFAevertonxosokeonhacaiketquabongdalichthidau7m.newskqbdtysokeobongdabongdalufutebol ao vivofutemaxmulticanaisonbethttps://bsport.fithttps://onbet88.ooohttps://i9bet.bizhttps://hi88.ooohttps://okvip.athttps://f8bet.athttps://fb88.cashhttps://vn88.cashhttps://shbet.atbóng đá world cupbóng đá inter milantin juventusbenzemala ligaclb leicester cityMUman citymessi lionelsalahnapolineymarpsgronaldoserie atottenhamvalenciaAS ROMALeverkusenac milanmbappenapolinewcastleaston villaliverpoolfa cupreal madridpremier leagueAjaxbao bong da247EPLbarcelonabournemouthaff cupasean footballbên lề sân cỏbáo bóng đá mớibóng đá cúp thế giớitin bóng đá ViệtUEFAbáo bóng đá việt namHuyền thoại bóng đágiải ngoại hạng anhSeagametap chi bong da the gioitin bong da lutrận đấu hôm nayviệt nam bóng đátin nong bong daBóng đá nữthể thao 7m24h bóng đábóng đá hôm naythe thao ngoai hang anhtin nhanh bóng đáphòng thay đồ bóng đábóng đá phủikèo nhà cái onbetbóng đá lu 2thông tin phòng thay đồthe thao vuaapp đánh lô đềdudoanxosoxổ số giải đặc biệthôm nay xổ sốkèo đẹp hôm nayketquaxosokq xskqxsmnsoi cầu ba miềnsoi cau thong kesxkt hôm naythế giới xổ sốxổ số 24hxo.soxoso3mienxo so ba mienxoso dac bietxosodientoanxổ số dự đoánvé số chiều xổxoso ket quaxosokienthietxoso kq hôm nayxoso ktxổ số megaxổ số mới nhất hôm nayxoso truc tiepxoso ViệtSX3MIENxs dự đoánxs mien bac hom nayxs miên namxsmientrungxsmn thu 7con số may mắn hôm nayKQXS 3 miền Bắc Trung Nam Nhanhdự đoán xổ số 3 miềndò vé sốdu doan xo so hom nayket qua xo xoket qua xo so.vntrúng thưởng xo sokq xoso trực tiếpket qua xskqxs 247số miền nams0x0 mienbacxosobamien hôm naysố đẹp hôm naysố đẹp trực tuyếnnuôi số đẹpxo so hom quaxoso ketquaxstruc tiep hom nayxổ số kiến thiết trực tiếpxổ số kq hôm nayso xo kq trực tuyenkết quả xổ số miền bắc trực tiếpxo so miền namxổ số miền nam trực tiếptrực tiếp xổ số hôm nayket wa xsKQ XOSOxoso onlinexo so truc tiep hom nayxsttso mien bac trong ngàyKQXS3Msố so mien bacdu doan xo so onlinedu doan cau loxổ số kenokqxs vnKQXOSOKQXS hôm naytrực tiếp kết quả xổ số ba miềncap lo dep nhat hom naysoi cầu chuẩn hôm nayso ket qua xo soXem kết quả xổ số nhanh nhấtSX3MIENXSMB chủ nhậtKQXSMNkết quả mở giải trực tuyếnGiờ vàng chốt số OnlineĐánh Đề Con Gìdò số miền namdò vé số hôm nayso mo so debach thủ lô đẹp nhất hôm naycầu đề hôm naykết quả xổ số kiến thiết toàn quốccau dep 88xsmb rong bach kimket qua xs 2023dự đoán xổ số hàng ngàyBạch thủ đề miền BắcSoi Cầu MB thần tàisoi cau vip 247soi cầu tốtsoi cầu miễn phísoi cau mb vipxsmb hom nayxs vietlottxsmn hôm naycầu lô đẹpthống kê lô kép xổ số miền Bắcquay thử xsmnxổ số thần tàiQuay thử XSMTxổ số chiều nayxo so mien nam hom nayweb đánh lô đề trực tuyến uy tínKQXS hôm nayxsmb ngày hôm nayXSMT chủ nhậtxổ số Power 6/55KQXS A trúng roycao thủ chốt sốbảng xổ số đặc biệtsoi cầu 247 vipsoi cầu wap 666Soi cầu miễn phí 888 VIPSoi Cau Chuan MBđộc thủ desố miền bắcthần tài cho sốKết quả xổ số thần tàiXem trực tiếp xổ sốXIN SỐ THẦN TÀI THỔ ĐỊACầu lô số đẹplô đẹp vip 24hsoi cầu miễn phí 888xổ số kiến thiết chiều nayXSMN thứ 7 hàng tuầnKết quả Xổ số Hồ Chí Minhnhà cái xổ số Việt NamXổ Số Đại PhátXổ số mới nhất Hôm Nayso xo mb hom nayxxmb88quay thu mbXo so Minh ChinhXS Minh Ngọc trực tiếp hôm nayXSMN 88XSTDxs than taixổ số UY TIN NHẤTxs vietlott 88SOI CẦU SIÊU CHUẨNSoiCauVietlô đẹp hôm nay vipket qua so xo hom naykqxsmb 30 ngàydự đoán xổ số 3 miềnSoi cầu 3 càng chuẩn xácbạch thủ lônuoi lo chuanbắt lô chuẩn theo ngàykq xo-solô 3 càngnuôi lô đề siêu vipcầu Lô Xiên XSMBđề về bao nhiêuSoi cầu x3xổ số kiến thiết ngày hôm nayquay thử xsmttruc tiep kết quả sxmntrực tiếp miền bắckết quả xổ số chấm vnbảng xs đặc biệt năm 2023soi cau xsmbxổ số hà nội hôm naysxmtxsmt hôm nayxs truc tiep mbketqua xo so onlinekqxs onlinexo số hôm nayXS3MTin xs hôm nayxsmn thu2XSMN hom nayxổ số miền bắc trực tiếp hôm naySO XOxsmbsxmn hôm nay188betlink188 xo sosoi cầu vip 88lô tô việtsoi lô việtXS247xs ba miềnchốt lô đẹp nhất hôm naychốt số xsmbCHƠI LÔ TÔsoi cau mn hom naychốt lô chuẩndu doan sxmtdự đoán xổ số onlinerồng bạch kim chốt 3 càng miễn phí hôm naythống kê lô gan miền bắcdàn đề lôCầu Kèo Đặc Biệtchốt cầu may mắnkết quả xổ số miền bắc hômSoi cầu vàng 777thẻ bài onlinedu doan mn 888soi cầu miền nam vipsoi cầu mt vipdàn de hôm nay7 cao thủ chốt sốsoi cau mien phi 7777 cao thủ chốt số nức tiếng3 càng miền bắcrồng bạch kim 777dàn de bất bạion newsddxsmn188betw88w88789bettf88sin88suvipsunwintf88five8812betsv88vn88Top 10 nhà cái uy tínsky88iwinlucky88nhacaisin88oxbetm88vn88w88789betiwinf8betrio66rio66lucky88oxbetvn88188bet789betMay-88five88one88sin88bk88xbetoxbetMU88188BETSV88RIO66ONBET88188betM88M88SV88Jun-68Jun-88one88iwinv9betw388OXBETw388w388onbetonbetonbetonbet88onbet88onbet88onbet88onbetonbetonbetonbetqh88mu88Nhà cái uy tínpog79vp777vp777vipbetvipbetuk88uk88typhu88typhu88tk88tk88sm66sm66me88me888live8live8livesm66me88win798livesm66me88win79pog79pog79vp777vp777uk88uk88tk88tk88luck8luck8kingbet86kingbet86k188k188hr99hr99123b8xbetvnvipbetsv66zbettaisunwin-vntyphu88vn138vwinvwinvi68ee881xbetrio66zbetvn138i9betvipfi88clubcf68onbet88ee88typhu88onbetonbetkhuyenmai12bet-moblie12betmoblietaimienphi247vi68clupcf68clupvipbeti9betqh88onb123onbefsoi cầunổ hũbắn cáđá gàđá gàgame bàicasinosoi cầuxóc đĩagame bàigiải mã giấc mơbầu cuaslot gamecasinonổ hủdàn đềBắn cácasinodàn đềnổ hũtài xỉuslot gamecasinobắn cáđá gàgame bàithể thaogame bàisoi cầukqsssoi cầucờ tướngbắn cágame bàixóc đĩa开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育亚新体育亚新体育亚新体育爱游戏爱游戏爱游戏华体会华体会华体会IM体育IM体育沙巴体育沙巴体育PM体育PM体育AG尊龙AG尊龙AG尊龙AG百家乐AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人<AG真人<皇冠体育皇冠体育PG电子PG电子万博体育万博体育KOK体育KOK体育欧宝体育江南体育江南体育江南体育半岛体育半岛体育半岛体育凯发娱乐凯发娱乐杏彩体育杏彩体育杏彩体育FB体育PM真人PM真人<米乐娱乐米乐娱乐天博体育天博体育开元棋牌开元棋牌j9九游会j9九游会开云体育AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人爱游戏华体会华体会im体育kok体育开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育欧宝体育ob体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育开云体育开云体育棋牌棋牌沙巴体育买球平台新葡京娱乐开云体育mu88qh88
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter