Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Spotlight (5/5, Very Good)

One of the best movies of the year 2015. A true story about reporters who unveiled the complicity of the Church not only in the United States but also worldwide with sexual abuses of priests against children. 

Tom McCarthy (Game of Thrones) signs his third film with a solid and compelling story. It is the old fashioned story of reporters seeking for the truth. In the US pre-September 11, this concept still made sense. Journalism today kind of lost that old school view. This story is perhaps one of the last testimonies of investigative journalism and it had such an impact worldwide that it was made into a film. Just only for what we just said, it is worth watching it. 

In a city signed by great belief on Catholic values, comes the shocking news that the same representative of these values violated them. Completely appalled by it, most decide to take a vow of silence. Others fight to give light to the truth. However there are powerful interests to try to keep these secrets in the shadows.This film explores the fight of these journalists. It is very symbolic as today people fight for social justice against financial institutions and corporations which violate people's rights. In a system signed by the predominance of these corporations, what are our weapons as citizens? What do we have left?
Led by the magnificent Michael Keaton (who did an outstanding comeback last year with Birdman ), Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo and Liev Schreiber, this film stands out for its solid storytelling and great dramatic development. The outcome for these reporters is critical, not only for their professional future but also for what they stand for as people living in a supposedly-civilized society. Recommended film. 



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