Kill the Messenger

November 11, 2014

Jeremy Renner and Paz Vega in KILL THE MESSENGER.

Directed by: Michael Cuesta

Written by: Peter Landesman

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Berry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael K. Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia

Rating: R

Running Time: 112 minutes

Based on the true story of Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), a reporter for the San Jose Mercury newspaper, exposing the U.S. Government’s involvement in arming the Contra rebels in Nicaragua by importing cocaine into California during the 1980s. The film is part political thriller, part domestic drama, and part biopic. The most shocking revelation in the film is that the government is not the biggest and baddest villain, but rather the press. Both Jeremy Renner (Webb) and Rosemarie DeWitt, as Webb’s wife, turn-in very good performances, with Renner deserving award consideration.

Grade: B+

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