Suspense Thriller: John Q
In this suspense thriller, Denzel Washington and John Q star as a father and son who are in desperate need of a kidney transplant. When the father learns that his medical insurance will not pay for the procedure, he takes the emergency room of a local hospital hostage. In order to save his son, John Q. is willing to do anything to get the transplant done.
A Grueling Decision
The movie follows the lives of two men, one of whom is a father to a young boy named Michael, and his wife, Denise. The two fall in love, and their relationship grows stronger as the two become more close. In the end, though, they make a grueling decision to fight for their son's life.
The Character: Denise Archibald
Several television shows feature a black woman in the lead role, and Denise Washington plays a black woman named Denise Archibald. Denise was born in Minneapolis and works as a grocery store checker, but doesn't have health insurance. When her husband Mike becomes ill, she worries that his name will be put on a list of organ recipients. She is distraught when the hospital releases Mike and orders John to do something. When she finds out that John has taken Mike hostage, she is shocked.
John and Denise Archibald
The story follows John and Denise Archibald, a couple who live in a small town in the Midwest. They have one son, Michael, who is nine years old. Sadly, Mike has a heart condition that has left him in critical condition. The two have to decide whether to accept this life-threatening diagnosis or raise the money for an emergency heart transplant.
The Role Model: Denise Grimes
While "John Q" doesn't pay much attention to accuracy in depicting health care activities, a prominent character is the ICU nurse who clearly understands her patient's condition and care. Her ability to explain the complicated world of health care to the parents gives a role model for health care professionals and viewers. In contrast, the character of the cardiac surgeon struggles to convey this same information to the parents.
A Powerful and Moving Film
In "John Q," Denzel Washington's portrayal of a frantic father makes him believable, and he makes audiences feel empathy and compassion for his dying son. As a result, the movie cannot be dismissed as second-rate storytelling, but instead, a powerful and moving film about a struggling father. The film will draw viewers into John's moral dilemma, and they may even conclude that his actions were justified.
Two Films, One Character
Michael Payne and John Q are two movies that feature the same character. Both films take place in Chicago, where John Q, played by Robert Duvall, is a hard-working engineer. He is confronted with a tragic situation involving a 10-year-old boy who needs a heart transplant. In order to afford the procedure, John must pay 30% of the $230,000 bill upfront. However, his employers have switched to a cheaper health insurance plan without telling him. As a result, the maximum benefit for John Q is just $20,000, which is not enough to cover his expenses.
Fighting for His Son's Life
As the film progresses, the hostages begin to sympathize with John Grimes, who is forced to fight for his son's life. They also reflect on the flaws in American healthcare. The doctor he saw ignored the patient's illness, hoping to gain a bonus from the insurance company and maintain a profit. However, John is able to take down the sniper and free the hostages. Meanwhile, outside, Rosa, with her infant son, declares her support for John.
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
The John Q, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame is a two-story, 32,000-square-foot facility located in Springfield, Missouri, United States. It was established in 1994 by businessman John Q. Hammons, who wanted to honor the greatest players of all time. The hall features permanent exhibits and tours of past and current Hall of Famers.
Honoring Sports Contributions
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame honors individuals, teams, and businesses that have made a significant contribution to amateur and professional sports in Missouri. There are over 4,000 pieces of sports memorabilia, as well as hands-on exhibits and displays that are both educational and entertaining. The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame's 2022 class was recently unveiled and will be enshrined on Nov. 20 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. In addition, coaches of Columbia Public Schools were honored during the ceremony.
Discovering Sports History
The John Q, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1994 and houses over 4,000 pieces of sports memorabilia. Visitors can take part in interactive exhibits, such as racing in the NASCAR simulator or facing off against a Major League Baseball pitcher. The hall is also home to many statues and busts of notable Show-Me state sports figures.