Kill the Messenger (2014)

R   |    |  Biography, Crime, Drama


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Journalist Gary Webb, California 1996, started investigating CIA's role in the 1980s in getting crack cocaine to the black part of LA to get money and weapons to the Contras/freedom fighters in Nicaragua.


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13 October 2014 | clg238
10
| Gripping and Important
"Kill the Messenger" is both a very gripping film and an important film. Even though I know what our government was up to in those days (as if things have changed), I could hardly breathe, anticipating what would come next in the movie. My only concern about the film is the speculation that those who are ignorant of what occurred in those days would grasp that the money from drug sales went to buy weapons (it was almost glossed over). The acting in this film is superb, with one exception (the person who played Coral Baca--way overdone and not convincing). Knowing that the film is based on true events gives it amazing heft. I think it's an unforgettable portrayal of how our government can go astray--it's history but also a warning for those of us who have been demoralized by the current state of politics and who tend to trust certain names in the media. The film should be required viewing by every member of Congress, by every high school student, by those who call themselves journalists.

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To accentuate certain elements of the story while staying true to the world Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) inhabits, cinematographer Sean Bobbitt and production designer John Paino co-ordinated efforts with costume designer Kimberly Adams-Galligan to layer a color palette into the narrative that changes with Webb's circumstances. Bobbitt explained: "There's warmth throughout the first third of the film. The Webb family's home is a classic California ranch house; it's lush and inviting, with rich colors of sea grass and buckwheat. When Gary ventures out of his comfort zone and gets enmeshed in things on a national and international level, more cool colors are introduced and the comforting California colors bleed out and disappear."


Quotes

Richard Nixon: Public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.
Gerald Ford: For nearly a year, I have been devoting increasing attention to a problem which strikes at the ...
Jimmy Carter: ...


Goofs

Jerry Ceppos announces that Gary has been named the National Press Association's Journalist of the Year. There is no such thing as the National Press Association. He was named Journalist of the Year by the Bay Area Society of Professional Journalists. This is why he is speaking at the SPJ awards at the end of the film.


Crazy Credits

Just before the closing credits, there is a short video showing the real Gary Webb at home with his children.


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Curly Fries
Written by Kenny Cambre
Performed by Kenny Cambre & Kings County Caravan
Courtesy of Sublimity Records

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Biography | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller

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