Two-time Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington delivers another powerhouse performance in this gripping Dog Day Afternoon-style thriller about a man who would sacrifice his job, his house, his money and ultimately, his own life to save another - his only son's.
John Q. Archibald is a factory worker whose job has been cut to 20 hours a week. Even with his wife working, the family is sliding further into debt. Yet despite their financial problems, the Archibalds are happy, loving and especially proud of their nine-year-old son, Mike. Then tragedy strikes. Mike collapses and a deadly heart condition is diagnosed. The Archibalds brace themselves for Mike's risky transplant operation, only to discover their insurance company will not pay for it. They will need $250,000 or Mike will die. When Mike's condition worsens and the hospital informs the family that without the money they will send him home, John reaches breaking point. In desperation, he takes the hospital emergency staff hostage and refuses to release anyone until his son's operation is assured.