Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) is a hard-charging
reporter for the San Jose Mercury and he stumbles upon the story of a lifetime
in 1996 when he uncovers a link between the CIA
and Central American drug smugglers and that cocaine profits were used to fund
the Contra army against the Nicaraguan government in the 1980s. He ignores
the warnings of the government
agencies as he tries to prove a hard link between the CIA
and the Contras as his family and career is soon on the line. KILL THE MESSENGER
is the true story of one
reporter’s quest to tell the truth when he was told it was “Too True To Tell”
and the “The Ends Justify the Means”.
It also showed the shifting of the media climate which is all too true
today when the corporate bottom line is more important than investigating the
truth and the facts and sometimes it is easier to attack the person writing the
story instead of digging deeper into the complex story of political corruption
overshadowed by the media climate of wanting to be friends with the
government. Jeremy Renner gives the
best performance of his career as his expressions and eyes tell so much. KILL
THE MESSENGER is a fast and engaging political
Director Michael Cuesta talks about the story,
performances, and how the real story was changed for the pacing of the script.
Six deleted scenes (with optional director commentary)
all cut for pacing and clarity issues.
Three fluffy promotional featurettes are included
on the DVD:
KILL THE MESSENGER: THE ALL-STAR
CAST is an all too brief featurette on the cast of the movie
CRACK IN AMERICA is another all too short featurette
story of the film
FILMING IN GEORGIA which briefly tells how they
buildings and locations to double for California
and Central America
Also previews for BLACK
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, NIGHTCRAWLER, and THE MAN
WITH THE IRON FISTS 2 are included.
FINAL ANALYSIS: KILL
THE MESSNGER is a gripping true story movie which tells an important story that
the media didn’t consider being important.
This movie has a great cast and pacing as it tells how the mass media
has changed for the worse.
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David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments
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