Kill the Messenger (2014)
Kill the Messenger is a dramatic political thriller that surrounds the investigative journalism of Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner.) During the 1980s, Webb discovered evidence that the CIA knew and aided the selling of cocaine inside the United States in order to raise money. Webb digs up all kind of dirt on drug lords and politicians alike and publishes an articles spilling the beans on the operation. What happens to Webb after the article is released is the real tragedy has his live begins to spiral out of control as everyone he exposed comes after him!
Lead by a stellar performance by Jeremy Renner, Kill the Messenger is an interesting and thrilling political drama that is both captivating and bittersweet all at the same time. In what felt like a cousin to All the President’s Men, Gary Webb set out to expose the truth like Woodward and Bernstein did to uncover Watergate. However, unlike what happened to Nixon, Gary’s work gets him into a lot of trouble and he begins to feel like he is drowning as everyone who every supported him begins to disappear.
The first half of the movie is the investigation which will just suck you right in. It is interesting and disturbing all at the same time that the government could be that corrupt. The second half of the movie is when Webb’s life spirals out of control and he just seems to lose everything. What makes this movie pack the punch it delivers is due to it being a true story. It’s always different watching a movie knowing it all actually happened versus something someone made up. Gary Webb just did his job and his life was never the same again. For those of you that like scandalous mysteries, political thrillers or impactful dramas, you can’t go wrong with Kill the Messenger. Just don’t expect for this to be uplifting… Co-starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Paz Vega, Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Robert Patrick, Barry Pepper, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, and Joshua Close.
7/10 Stars – It’s interesting, the ending dropped my likability for the movie yet it’s a true story and is the way it was. Shameful.