Excellent acting alive with emotion (by au_law2001)
Denzel Washington's portrayal of a desperate dad is excellent and compelling as he struggles to find a way to get his son to be treated and operated immediately, no matter what cost. He takes the whole hospital hostage until he gets it. One may say what he is doing is bad and illegal, but at the same time he stands up to the system, and fights the odds, but hey, he's doing it for his son. I praised him when he said "I don't want to bury my son, I want my son to bury me!" In a way, he's willing to sacrifice himself to save his son. The hostages he takes, seems to <more>
support him and the mass of audiences viewing are on his side. And he also seems to be calm and friendly to them too. The ending was also perfect, and overall a great film, and not to mention the great performances from Robert Duvall, James Woods and Ray Liotta of The Good Fellas, who uses his Tommy Vercetti voice again! Gotta love that guy, gotta love that Denzel Washington, recommended for those who love him.
A movie full of suspense and meant to open your eyes (by quincymd)
A very well cooked thriller, with every necessary ingredient, and a plot meant to surprise the viewer.Full of love, passion, family issues, commercial interests and politics all blended into a magnificent work of art topped with Denzel Washington's performance The film shows many aspects of life, and should be seen by all people to evaluate one's point of view on each of the parallel stories depicted.The Author takes an everyday situation and sows the seed of self - criticism in every spectator, making this more than a thriller to pass the time away.The Director plays with the <more>
characters as a Master would play his pieces on a chessboard, giving each actor enough role and having a defined objective: to checkmate the audience, and I must say he does this with very few elements, mainly dialog sequences and very few Special effects, thus turning this film into a masterpiece.Denzel Washington is the perfect choice for this film, due to his ability to play poker face situations, and his ability to play any kind of character he is offered.I do highly recommend this movie, to see it two, three or more times. Every time one sees the film, gets a new detail to one's collection and a new question to answer. Ideal for family discussion and highly recommended for teenagers
Denzel Washington, in my opinion, is the best actor in Hollywood. This movie is another example of his range and versatility. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. There were four points n the movie where I cried. I cried when the parents were told about Mike's heart, I cried when he talked to his on on the phone, I cried when he was saying goodbye, and I cried as he drove away. This movie shows us where we as people are coming to. His son needed a heart transplant, but the hospitals said no, they couldn't do it, because they didn't have the money. A little boy almost <more>
died because of our greed. And that isn't just Hollywood hogwash; that happens everyday. We have people ripping off other people, people murdering one another, all for greed. Where is this world coming to?I've read some comments on this movies message board of people calling John Q. selfish. Maybe you guys were watching a different movie than I was because he wasn't selfish. Can any of us imagine what it's like to know that our child is dying and yet we are powerless?
ANOTHER STUNNING PERFORMANCE BY DENZEL WASHINGTON (by iohefy-2)
Once again Denzel Washington has outdone himself in this delightful movie. I am getting spoiled when ever I go to see one of his pictures, as his depth is constantly great. Mr. Casavettes does a fine directing job in this poinient story, but with bits of humor thrown in to break up the tension. This may not be academy award material, but it certainly is worth the price of a ticket. Go see it, you won't regret it.
A rare breed: a thriller that actually thrills! (by mattymatt4ever)
I'm surprised at all the negative reviews I've been hearing and reading about this movie. I think it's a class-A piece of work! This movie kept me on the edge of my seat the whole two hours and fifteen minutes. Thinking back, there are a few scenes that are quite far-fetched--and made strictly to intensify the drama--but movies are not reality! They are depictions of reality! And if you have to push the limits of logic to keep the audience's hearts pumping with anticipation--then so be it! Denzel Washington is one of my favorite actors, and he is great as always. As he said, <more>
this role is sort of like an apology for his character in "Training Day"--the meanest motherf**ker on the face of this earth. In this case, he plays one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Of course, he ends up waving a gun around halfway through the film, but when people are pushed to the limits, you'd be surprised what that person can do--whether it's a priest, a Buddhist Monk or a strict pacifist. The supporting cast is also topnotch. James Woods and Ray Liotta are also high up on my Top 20 list of favorite actors. Robert Duvall doesn't quite make the list, but I deeply admire him as well. All of them deliver riveting performances. About the only thing I have to criticize is the score. I felt some of the music added unnecessary melodrama. As I tell people, filmmakers tend to depend too much on music, and less on the power of the performances. And of course, the film sends out a good message. These HMOs can be cold-hearted. And let's face it, there are many spoiled doctors out there who just care about the money. I know, because my Dad has been in and out of the hospital recently. John Q. did everything he could to raise the money for his child's heart transplant, but those damn doctors still didn't agree to perform the operation. It's easy to watch this movie on a superficial level and say, "That still wasn't right...taking people hostage and threatening lives of innocent people." But what would you do if you were in his shoes? What would you do if you found out your son was hours away from dying and this transplant is his only hope? You have to really think these things through before you base negative judgments on his character. "John Q" is a powerful, edge-of-your-seat, riveting piece of cinema and I will even regard it as a MUST SEE! This is one of the most exciting thrillers I've seen in a long time! My score: 9 out of 10
WOW! Unheard-of, but highly recommended (by dcj54321)
Denzel Washington, who has won 2 Academy Awards and has been nominated an additional three times, gives an incredible performance in this memorable movie. Practically unheard-of to most people, John Q is not just an average movie in that it succeeds its goal of drawing emotions. A comedy intends to bring out happiness. A horror intends to bring out fear, and a drama intends to bring out suspense and often sadness. John Q is able to bring out every emotion it intended. Viewers will be on the edge of their seat, waiting to see what happens next with an unlikely hero and the most important <more>
moments of his life. Viewers will love this movie.Although the story line seems somewhat disreputable making the bad guy out to be a hero , you can't help but side with John Q and cheer him on because you realize what he stands for. He stands for justice and equality, he stands for life and honor, and he stands for mankind. The message of the movie is simple. Everyone deserves life.I hope that anyone who can agree with the above statement watches this movie. You will not regret it.
A Very Human and Affecting Drama... (by ijonesiii)
Denzel Washington continues to prove why he is one of the best actors in the business with his performance in JOHN Q, a moving, emotional, and tension-charged drama about a family man whose son needs a heart transplant; however, due to financial problems, his insurance won't cover the cost of getting his son on the donor list so John Q decides to take hostages in the hospital until someone arranges for his son to be on the donor list. Despite a preachy and simplistic screenplay, the intense direction and first-rate performances make this film work. I particularly loved Denzel's work <more>
here because this was a character unlike he had ever played before...Denzel usually played well-educated, intelligent lawyers and/or businessmen with the obvious exception of TRAINING DAY , but here Denzel is playing an average Joe...a working stiff, struggling to pay bills and keep food on the table and a roof over his family's head who is driven to extreme measures to protect the family he cherishes so dearly. Washington gets strong support from Robert Duvall, solid as always as the hostage negotiator, James Woods as a wimpy surgeon, Anne Heche as an unsympathetic hospital administrator, and especially Kimberly Elise as John's wife. An emotional drama, wrought with tension, that will rivet you to the screen.
Deep Acting of Washington! Great! (by Juan_from_Bogota)
In this movie, with a great acting of Denzel Washington as John Q. I felt the deep problems of health in the USA. My cousin lives in the United States i don't , and she told me a few complaints about this problem; in the movie i finally understood about that. I don't understand how, the most powerful country in the world does have such bad health services to it's people?. For the benefit of the Americans, i hope that they change this system soon. Denzel puts his hearth on this movie, playing a normal guy with financial problems and a hard work; the way that Denzel shows his love <more>
to his son is remarkable and demonstrates why he is one of the actual best actors in Hollywood. If you have seen Searching for David's Hearth 2004 , this is as the other side of the story.About the Movie: Denzel Washington plays John Quincy Archibald John Q. a husband and father with some financial problems that works almost 20 hours a day on a factory but who can't afford his expenses. John is trying to get a second job in order to earn an extra money. In the middle of this John's son Mike Daniel E. Smith is found to have a disease caused by a bigger than normal heart, and the doctors told him that he will die soon if they don't make a heart transplant. Here everything is hard but it gets really harder when John goes to the insurance company and get the notice that his insurance suddenly don't cover this type of procedures. John and his wife Denise Kimberly Elise start to make everything possible to collect the money a lot of money needed just to get his son on the donor's list, with their son dying an not much money, John desperate and takes the hospital's emergency room staff and patients hostage, demanding for to his son to be put on that list and that doctors do the transplant. The story evolves emotionally deep trough all this; in a remarkable script.About the Cast: Denzel Washington put his soul onto this role, being by far the best of all!!, Kimberly Elise does good too, but a little exaggerated sometimes, Daniel Smith as Mike is pretty poor in his acting, he didn't had to do that much but this kid sorry still isn't a good actor; he has years to perfect his performance. James Woods acting as Dr. Raymond Turner, as always is very good and professional, also Anne Hache as Rebbeca Payne is great and show a coldness that ripped me out. Robert Duvall acting is good but his character could have been deployed even more, for the good of the film. Ray Liotta does good; Eddie Griffin is good too as one of the characters of the emergency room Wow, this was a great cast! 8/10! Excellent for Denzel Washington performance!
Despite what people have said, this movie is NOTHING like Dog Day Afternoon. The only similarities between the two is that both films have to do with holding a public place hostage In Dog Day Afternoon it was a Bank in John Q, its a hospital . Sure, you see a sort of homage to Dog Day Afternoon in John Q, but thats it, the movie has its own plot. I enjoyed this film, Denzel Washington is really believeable as the down-on-his-luck father, and the rest of the supporting cast executed their characters very well. Most notably the great Robert Duvall as the hostage negotiator and Ray Liotta as <more>
the stuck-up police chief. I won't say more about this movie other than it is heart-breaking and you can almost feel the pain frustration John Q has to go through. 4 stars out of 5.