Monday, October 3, 2016

Movie review: Extremis

As the life of a family member is ending, Extremis follows along with medical professionals and family members while making some of the most difficult decisions of their lives.

Extremis is the story of the end for a woman on life support, the decisions and emotions her family face, and the care medical professionals involved are providing. The patient, though conscious and fairly comprehending of her situation, has difficulty communication which complicates the decisions the family has to make.
The short documentary does a nice job of showing us the emotional challenges faced by the family. It also takes a behind the scenes look at the same challenges faced by her medical team as they try to determine the best course of action for their patient and her family.

Camera work is solid with good framing and nice use of backgrounds, and sound is well done.

While this documentary is a great look behind the scenes, it is also highly emotional. Those with interest in the workings of an ICU, and end-of-life care should enjoy this one.

Nothing here to limit audience age, but you may want to save this one for teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 9.14.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Documentaries

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