Secrets, Secrets, Secrets

Kill the Messenger 2014

Pretty sure not everyone trusts the government. I know I don’t and they’re probably already tracking the fact that I just said that. Oops… Anyways, another film that I saw with a friend during my vacation was “Kill the Messenger.” Honestly I thought it wouldn’t be that good, but it was actually pretty interesting and informative. I’ll elaborate.

*SPOILERS*

Needless to say that it is based on a true story, this film follows Gary Webb, a reporter who during a deep investigation of a case ends up with an unexpected discovery of secret information. Long story short, it turns out that the government had been secretly supporting the trafficking of cocaine into the US, which turned out to be one of the reasons that the crack epidemic broke out during the 80s.

Now obviously this is a movie so surely enough, they will exaggerate certain details and aspects from time to time. However I was mostly surprised by how very true this story was when I looked it up. But back to the story, it basically just follows up on how Gary continued to struggle with proving his story to be true, even after it became an internet phenomena and a news story that was covered worldwide.

If I’m going to say something about this film, it’ll be that suspense is nicely handled with the story. It keeps you guessing about whether or not Gary’s quest to proving his story true, will succeed or not. This is also thanks to a great performance by Jeremy Renner who handles himself perfectly with a superb way of asking questions and having the characteristics of an actual news reporter.

The biggest spoiler I will give however is that if you’re expecting a happy ending, you’ll get anything far from it. The ending is pretty much why I chose those set of words at the beginning of my post. Other than that, if you want to know what I’m talking about, you can always check out the whole movie for yourselves. You will be left feeling cynical however. At least I know everyone in the theater did after the film was over. Overall it really is a compelling film that I think everyone should watch at least once.