Harrison Ford Returns as Eccentric Scientist in “Extraordinary Measures”

January 24, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Actors Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford attend the Cinema Society & John And Aileen Crowley screening of 'Extraordinary Measures' after party at The Bowery Hotel on Jan 21, 2010 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Actors Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford attend the Cinema Society & John And Aileen Crowley screening of 'Extraordinary Measures' after party at The Bowery Hotel on Jan 21, 2010 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK—Harrison Ford returns to the big screen with his performance in "Extraordinary Measures."

The film, which opens today, stars Brendan Fraser as biotechnology executive John Crowley whose children are afflicted with a disease known as Pompe. Hoping for a miracle, he turns to a research doctor, played by Harrison Ford, to develop a drug to save his children's lives.

The film is based on a true story about the Crowleys' family and on Geeta Anand's "The Cure" book.

Ford, who has been one of Hollywood's longest outstanding stars, has faded in recent years with few big standout films this decade.

“Extraordinary Measures” has received praise for its accurate portrayal of the Pompe disease and the trials of the Crowleys' family, but has also been criticized for its unemotional rendition.

Harrison Ford plays the cranky Dr. Robert Stonehill, who, once a recluse in University of Nebraska with a penchant for blasting The Grateful Dead music in his lab, is thrust into the public spotlight as a result of John Crowley's efforts.

His last big film, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," opened in 2008 and was the second highest-grossing film of that year. In the film, Harrison Ford reprised his role of Indiana Jones after almost two decades.

Other than his famous role in the "Indiana Jones" series, Harrison Ford is also known for his role of Han Solo in the original Star Wars movies.

His film "Morning Glory" opens later this year.