Director Barbet Schroeder ("Single White Female") lowers his standards by rendering this lowest-common-denominator script by David Klass (Kiss the Girls). Peter McCabe (Michael Keaton) is a high IQ prison inmate whose genes make him the only choice for a bone-marrow transplant for the ten-year-old son of policeman Frank Connor (Andy Garcia). All the usual bad stuff happens once McCabe breaks loose at a high security hospital just before the transplant is about to occur. The suspense is low and plot points predictable as Frank and doctor Hawkins (Marcia Gay Hardin) strive to capture McCabe in order to perform the transplant. "Desperate Measures" is a drawn-out, and purely disposable, suspense thriller.
Rated R. 105 mins. (Two Stars) (C)