John Q

This film is preachy, but it does make some important social issues about health care. Denzel Washington stars as a poor factory worker struggling in a poor economy whose son falls desperately ill and is in severe need of a heart transplant. However, Washington, who thought he was fully insured, discovers that he hasn't the coverage to pay for such an operation. Having not been able to make the needed down payment through charitable donations, and the hospital sending his kid home to die, Washington gets angry. He locks down the hospital, holds a number of people ransom, and demands that his son gets a heart transplant. When I saw this film's previews, I thought this would be quite a dumb affair. However, I was proven wrong albeit it is predictable and not so exciting. Overall a good effort if you like sitting through the preachy bits.

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Eddie Griffin, Kimberly Elise, Shawn Hatosy, Ray Liotta, David Thornton, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Connolly, Paul Johansson, Heather Wahlquist

Directed by:

Nick Cassavetes


2002 drama

Rated PG-13.


Don Ignacio's score: B

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