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Desperate Measures

Director:Barbet Schroeder
Writer:David Klass
Director of Photography:Luciano Tovoli
Editor:Lee Percy
Music:Trevor Jones
Production Designer:Geoffrey Kirkland
Producers:Barbet Schroeder, Susan Hoffman, Gary Foster and Lee Rich
Tri-Star Pictures; R; 105 minutes
Cast:Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Brian Cox, Marcia Gay Harden and Joseph Cross

The premise of this thriller reads like an after-school special: A father (Garcia) fights to get his leukemia-stricken son (Cross) a bone marrow transplant. The catch is that the only matching donor is a convicted killer (Keaton). The convict masterminds a McGyver-esque escape plan that leads to lots of hospital explosions, high-speed chases and shootouts. Garcia flexes plenty of paternal muscle and Keaton is lean and mean, but their face-off proves anti-climactic.

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