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Kill the Messenger 2014
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  • Michael Cuesta
  • October 10, 2014
  • 112 mins
  • English
  • Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Can you keep a National Secret?
A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.

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It isn´t a bad movie but without reading much of the plot I thought it to be a polit thriller about the smuggling by the C.I.A. Instead it is a drama about the journalist who discovered it. This is not so much negativ criticism it is an observation.

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With its commendable technical aspects and the important subject it deals with, Kill The Messenger is definitely a film worth seeing.

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Anchored by a great performance from Renner, the film's storyline following an investigative journalist is intriguing, though reminiscent of films like All The President's Men in it's depiction of Renner's quest to uncover government corruption. However, the film takes a darker turn in the second half of the film as Renner's character is forced to defend his writing. With a barrage of great actors lending their support, it's surprising the film did not garner more attention. It could be argued the film is completely one-sided, with the film following it's central protagonist throughout, never once questioning the legitimacy of his investigation. Equally, the film is directed ably by Cuesta, but the staging of revelatory scenes don't hit home the way they should and the film takes little time to dwell on the twists and turns of what is an important story. But then, perhaps the most shocking thing about the film is not only that it has a ring of truth about it, but how unsurprising to a modern audience the revelations and suggestions the film puts forward are, whatever the truth of the matter.

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