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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, April 10, 1997 AA1 BOWL OF CHILI $1.95 TAC0 SALD $3.95 Phone Orders Welcome 727-4300 Hours 10 am to 7 pm Hwt1160 Valley View Plaza Pahrump Valley Gazette (702) 727-5583 1. [irt Wiw t1 2. axim ik I . Jlullooo 1. lr 10. lih chool lIg 00Umop00:'00 "'-'" i LTT 500 E. . aVZ I Pahrump, NV I "Extreme Measures" Explores God Playing by Barney Basin Gazette Reviewer You died and went to Heaven. For some this may be a far- fetched fantasy flight. But work with me on this. You step in front of lord high ruler and he turns around and it's Gene Hackman, who assures you he in only playing at the role. Your best advise is grab a bucket of ice water and take the downstairs elevator, you' 11 fare better. In "Extreme Measures" the question of playing god is explored from several angles. Early in the film Hugh Grant, who is the unlikely hero, must decide who gets the only available operating room, a cop or a crack-head. Next the idea gets accelerated when Gone Hackman as a research doctor is using the homeless for experiments on a project, that if successful will help millions of spinal injury patients. Of course the human guinea pigs don't live through the experiment, but after all it is for the greatest good. Just to make this interesting toss in a gun happy security chief, a missing body or two and a girlfriend not to be trusted, but them again maybe she should. Now the question of God playing become just part of a medical thriller. Hugh Grant played the part of Dr. Guy Luthan. Hugh's character is a kind of anti-hero who get's dragged into it. In the beginning it's a little hard to believe the innocent he gives his character. But as the plot thickens, and the blood congeals, and the thick thickens his performance is perfect for the young Doc. Another outstanding villain for Gene Hackman. Hackman has enough humanity in his performance that his villain is not so much bad, but in his quest to do good he crossed the line. This "R" rated video is a fight taunt thriller with a serious moral question at it's core.