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Kill the Messenger
Can you keep a national secret?

Kill the Messenger

17 Oct, 2014
1 hrs 54 mins
8 votes
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Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation`s streets... and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S. and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua.

Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.
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Kill the Messenger is the kind of topical, ballsy story that a young Oliver Stone would have gleefully tackled. While it doesn`t reach the heights of Stone`s Salvador or Michael Mann`s The Insider, this Michael Cuesta directed biopic on late investigative reporter Gary Webb & his infamous exposure of the CIA`s role in the trafficking of drugs to America, is a tense & emotionally potent story that is sure to strike a chord. Whether it will re-ignite much needed debate about the many misuses of power (both government & media) is another story. ...Read full review
Kill The Messenger mutates over the course of its runtime. It begins as a fairly straightforward procedural about a dogged writer on the hunt for a scoop, but once Webbs Dark Alliance series is published, it transforms into a darker, sadder story about a man cursed with a dangerous mixture of moral outrage and obsession. His editors, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Oliver Platt, initially back his efforts, but after the countrys top newspapers pick apart Webbs reportinglargely, Kill The Messenger argues, out of embarrassment over losing such a huge story to a tiny competitorWebb becomes a pariah, costing him the support of his co-workers and possibly even his family, including his wife Sue (Rosemarie DeWitt) and oldest son Ian (Lucas Hedges). ...Read full review
In today`s world of infotainment and dwindling newspaper sales, the idea of the vigilant, crusading journalist is all but gone. Newspapers can`t afford the kind of long-form investigative reporting to crack the biggest stories, even if there were more than a handful of reporters interested in that kind of thing. To that end, Gary Webb was old school, a reporter who put on his walking shoes and exposed the connection between the CIA and the influx of cocaine into this country. ...Read full review