Ethical Systems and Reaction to John Q the Movie

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I was torn apart on what to feel throughout the movie although overall, I was touched by the father’s love for his son and his willingness to do anything to save him. I learned in this movie that we are affected by so many factors, may it be consciously or unconsciously into doing things that we do. John Quincy Archibald, or more well known as John Q. throughout the movie was in a case of bad timing in his life. He saw his son, Michael, collapse in a baseball game due to an enlarged heart. Because of that, Michael needed a donor and an immediate surgery to survive, which will cost a lot of money. Simultaneously, this was also the time where John Q. was dropped by his company from being a full-time employee to a part-time employee only, which affected his health insurance policies. His insurance would not be able to cover up the expenses needed for Michael’s treatment. John Q tried his best to earn money to put Michael in the donor list but fails to do so which leads the hospital to release Michael. Unwilling to give his son to the arms of death, John Q pulls out his handgun and orders the hospital staff to put Michael in the donor list. He then holds hostage on 11 of the people who were in the hospital to meet his demands for his son to survive. As the hostages and John Q spent time in the hospital, they got to know each other a lot better and the hostages actually felt much empathy and sympathy for John. The whole world even witnessed the struggles of John with the law for the life of his beloved son when a news team tapped into the SWAT camera operations with the scene of SWAT sniper was supposed to kill John while in a phone conversation with his son but failed to do so. He gained the hearts of the general populace who supported him even if what he was doing was technically wrong. John also demanded that Michael be brought to the hospital…...

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