Flash Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

Though pretty much everyone wants to be told the truth, not everyone wants to hear it. When asking someone what they think of your new item of clothing, who really wants to hear that it looks ugly or unflattering on you? I realize there may be times where it would serve no useful purpose to tell someone the truth, such as an elderly parent who is in the throws of dementia that one of their children had died. Similarly, a young child at the center of their parents’ bitter divorce does not need to hear all the sordid details about their mother or father, I would think. My friends tell me I am brutally honest to a fault. I am aware what I say can initially seem hurtful; but I expect the same honesty in return. I cannot tell you how many dates I have had where I asked if they would like to get together again and was told yes. For me it is more hurtful when they never return my follow up calls; I would rather be told right at the start that they are not interested. What is the big deal to say no thank you? I would not take it personally since they do not even know me; however, I realize there are some who feel uncomfortable expressing their true feelings.    TRUTH did not come about easily in this dramatic crime film based on a true story. Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Hurt Locker) played investigative news reporter Gary Webb, who stumbled onto a story that would affect the standing of the United States Government on a global scale. I vaguely remember parts of this story since there was another noteworthy event taking place around the same time as this one which involved drugs for guns. Along with Jeremy the entire cast which included Rosemarie DeWitt (Men, Women & Children, The Watch) as Gary’s wife Sue, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Die Hard franchise) as Anna Simons and Oliver Platt (Love & Other Drugs, 2012) as Jerry Ceppos, were all outstanding in their roles. The tightly woven scenes produced a continuous flow of suspense that kept me riveted in my seat. I especially enjoyed the insertion of actual film clips into the scenes as the director kept up a steady pace with the filming. There were only a couple of parts that felt slow to me; however, I understood the reasoning since the story was biographical. In fact, it added an extra level of poignancy to this powerful film and that is the truth.

 

3 1/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 16, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing this one.

  2. How on earth do you find the time to see all these movies and blog about them?? I am very impressed. This is one I will put on the list to see, thank you!

  3. Mind you I only see about two or three movies a year in the theater. I watch most movies on Netflix, but their selection can be less than great sometimes. Would you consider doing a Netflix Review page on your blog? So many we have started that were “suggested” to us by the prior movies we watched and they were awful! Just a bug in your ear for that one… thanks!

    • In the morning while eating breakfast I am watching Netflix DVD’s. You will notice tonight’s review, after the star rating, I type DVD which means I saw it at home. Thanks for the suggestion; maybe if I find more time I can make a new category. There are a bunch of reviews here that are marked DVD. However it means you would have to scroll through since they are not marked as such. Another suggestion, If there is a movie I wanted to see but it was not available near me I reserve it on Netflix before it comes out on DVD. As always thanks for your comments.

  4. My human saw the movie and says review is spot on. Good post!

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