“John Q.” Be courageous, and have a positive attitude. At the end of the tragedy, that is the lesson from the 2002 kidnapping film ‘John Q.’ Actor Nick Cassavetes puts a great deal of urgency into the story. What starts as a direct kidnapping situation arises from the tragedy of helping people across the country.
The story follows John Q, who holds several captives in Hope Emergency Hospital, hoping for a miracle. He wants a heart for his son, which seems like a joke at the beginning of the law and the hospital authorities. The concoction is sympathetic, loving, and responsive, with Denzel Washington leading the cast. Now, know about John Q movie.
John Q Movie Synopsis
John Quincy Archibald lives a modest, fulfilling life with his wife, Denise, and his son Michael. He is a good father and husband, as he makes his family smile even in difficult times. John and Denise go to Michael’s school baseball game, but Michael falls to the ground while running, shocked. They rushed Michael to Hope Memorial Hospital. After the initial examination, the doctors transferred Michael to the intensive care unit, while John and Denise talked with the authorities.
Rebecca Payne, hospital director, reveals to the family that Michael needs a heart change. Although there are other ways to extend his life, Michael would not be able to live a healthy life without a new heart. John’s insurance policy, however, does not cover the process, and the hospital demands a whopping $ 75,000 just to put Michael’s name on the list. With his back to the wall, John hopes for a miracle. At that moment, a frustrating phone call from Denise results in John taking drastic action. He headed for the ER with a gun, picked up the hostages, and followed a riot.
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As Drs. Raymond Turner tells John and Denise at the conference, that Michael has about three times the heart rate, causing pulmonary edema. Like insufficient blood purified by Michael’s heart, blood traps in the back of his lungs like a sponge. In medical terms, an enlarged heart is called cardiomegaly. Heart failure may not be a condition in itself but may be caused by another health condition. Patients with cardiomegaly may live with medication, but since Michael’s heart is almost three times the average, he should undergo surgery.
However, alternatives to surgery are voluntary as directed by Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). Therefore, even if Michael were to die without a good heart, surgery would be considered an option. In addition, as a matter of choice, the insurance company does not cover it. Moreover, this surgery is invasive, and incomplete parallelism can lead to the patient’s death. Therefore, the hospital has a policy of demanding compensation for patients who follow these procedures. Because of financial problems, John feels trapped and is forced to kidnap a doctor.
When all else fails, John intends to take his own life if that keeps his son alive. Although he is not the authority on the matter, he knows that he has the same blood type as his son – B +. John also claims that his muscles are the same as Michael’s. Therefore, John wants Drs. Raymond Turner performed surgery and gave his heart to his son. Although the captives are unbelieving and partially scared, John does not care about his own life as he did for Michael’s recovery.
Drs. Turner, although initially skeptical, accepts John’s suggestion for surgery. However, John needs two witnesses to avoid legal issues. Julie and security guard Max help out. In the Emergency Room, he bids farewell to Michael as he lets him into some of the important life lessons. John unwraps the gun, revealing that he has no bullet but one. John plays Russian Roulette with him in an emergency bed with one shot.
On the other hand, doctors at one center found a heart that was in a working condition, originally from a woman who died in a car accident, who was described as “the best BMW driver.” Payne sends a fax to a doctor at the hospital, who rushes to report the news to John. On the other hand, Rebecca contacts Denise to let her know they have a heart. Denise calls John, who is about to commit suicide. John disconnects Denise’s call, but the doctor reaches out to the ER with the news.
As a result, John allows the captives to leave while they are at Michael’s surgery. As Drs. Turner with scissors and scalpels, the operation was a success. Meanwhile, the righteous man Lester Matthews represents John and heads to the police station with a smile. All but Grimes ignore the incident, and Grimes meets John outside in a handcuffed operation.
While Michael is still alive, the kidnapping incident is causing a nationwide uproar, and public consensus overwhelms John. People are skeptical of a crippled health system rather than pointing a finger at John. Above all, this incident clearly shows how 40 million U.S. citizens (since 2009) are living without insurance, which John’s desperation points out.
Even the famous physician Nas made an appearance to show his support for the cause. With the support of the whole community and the mistake made by the police (who may have killed John), they will not be able to get a permanent punishment. In the final moments of the film, Lt. Frank Grimes accompanies John to court.
The judge found John not guilty of attempted murder and criminal offense as his rifle was unloaded and he threw the gun out of public view. John, however, has been convicted of kidnapping and false imprisonment and appears to be facing a sentence of three to five years.
The judge listed no time, and we do not know the exact sentence, but the lawyer assures John that he will try to negotiate and reduce the sentence to two years. At the same time, loving Denise shows love and support for John. So, as the story comes into a full circle, we conclude that John finally performed a miracle. “John Q.”
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