"Kill The Messenger"
Crime, Drama. Rated R. 112 minutes.
by Chuck Zlotnick - © 2013 Focus Features LLC.
All Rights Reserved.
of Oliver Platt, Jeremy Renner and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
in Kill the Messenger (2014)
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
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
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.
the official movie trailer here:
poster credit: Focus Features
The Messenger" movie poster