Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.Written by
In real life, Patrick McSorely, who relates the details of his sexual abuse to Mike Rezendes, later went on to work with his attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, to testify against Cardinal Law and the church. He also helped support other victims, including several of his childhood friends. As depicted in the film, McSorely turned to drugs and alcohol to cope. He died of a drug overdose in 2004, at the age of 29. See more »
When Rezendes and Garabedian chat outside the courthouse while Garabedian eats lunch, a tall, blonde woman in a gray business suit walks past them away from the camera at the beginning of the scene, and again at the end of it. See more »
... because by the time the credits roll and you start to breathe normally again, you will suddenly realize that this was not a horror film as such, this was a re-enactment of events that actually happened, with real victims and real perpetrators and real well-meaning third parties covering up the whole thing as fast as the body count kept piling up.
And then you will once again have difficulty catching your breath.
As a film it is superb. McCarthy who did double duty as writer and director deserves acknowledgement. The cast is universally excellent. Ruffalo gives the performance of his career, Keaton is solid as a rock, and McAdams reaps overdue dividends from her decision to broaden her career into non-glamorous roles at a time when the only scripts they were sending her were for Diva parts. Smart lady.
A reviewer is not supposed to interject personal feelings in a review but I will say without apology that I miss films like these -- films that speak for the injustice in society and offer solutions -- and wish there were more of them. It seems that when I was younger there was a lot more interest in doing the right thing merely because it was the right thing. This no longer seems to be the societal meme, and that troubles me.
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