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"Kill The Messenger"

Biography, Crime, Drama. Rated R. 112 minutes.

Photo by Chuck Zlotnick - © 2013 Focus Features LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Still of Oliver Platt, Jeremy Renner and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Kill the Messenger (2014)

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria@americajr.com

 

 

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This is a true story about Gary Steven Webb (Jeremy Renner) who was an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. His wife, Sue, (Rosemarie DeWitt) and two kids move to California from the Midwest after he had an affair with a girl named Barbara at the office. They moved for a "fresh start," he says.

Webb won a Pulitzer price for his story called the "Dark Alliance" about the CIA-backed crack epidemic in south central L.A. He alleged that the CIA was aware of the major players smuggling cocaine into the streets of the United States during the 1980's. Webb also charged the Reagan administration with dismissing drug dealers from prosecution in order to give the drug profits to the Contras in Nicaragua.

To me, Webb seemed to be obsessive about the story. His journalism dug deeper into the crisis despite warnings and threats to this family. Soon, he became the story. He was getting way too deep into it by flying to a Nicaraguan prison, talking to drug dealers and heading to Washington D.C. His reporting created a fierce controversy and the newspaper tried to back away from him and his story. Webb was eventually reassigned to a suburban bureau, far away from his home.

I feel the movie was gripping. It was intense in the beginning but by the end, it seemed to be mediocre. However, I would still recommend seeing it. The ending will surprise you.

OVERALL RATING: B

 


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