"John Q" (2002) — Directed By: Nick Cassavetes —
The film follows John Quincy Archibald (Denzel Washington), a father and husband whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and then finds out he cannot receive a transplant because HMO insurance will not cover it. Therefore, he decides to take a hospital full of patients hostage until the hospital puts his son's name on the recipient's list. Washington dominates in a role that thrives on a claustrophobic aspect that cannot be escaped or denied within the film's running time.
The film also stars Robert Duvall, Anne Heche, James Woods, Ray Liotta and Eddie Griffin, among others. The film was shot in Toronto, Hamilton, Ontario (ballpark scenes), and Canmore, Alberta, although the story takes place in Chicago.
Watch the trailer here: