The subject of corporate medical injustice is overdue for a good honest muckraker, but Nick Cassavetes’ movie doesn’t explore injustice – it exploits it. Informed that his company insurance plan won’t cover a heart transplant for his son, John Q. Archibald (Denzel Washington) is forced to come up with $250,000. Unable to pay, he takes everyone in the emergency room hostage. Cassavetes thinks he’s making Dog Day Afternoon with a cause, but the movie is a shrill, didactic cartoon. Anne Heche plays the head administrator as a particularly clipped breed of fascist android, and James Woods, as a heart surgeon, looks and sounds about as compassionate as a man ordering a lap dance.
Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, Kimberly Elise, Eddie Griffin, Anne Heche, Ray Liotta; Director: Nick Cassavetes; Author: James Kearns; Release Date Wide: 02/15/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 100; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: New Line Cinema
Posted March 8 2002 — 12:00 AM EST
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