Posted in Based on a true story, U.S. Film

SPOTLIGHT (2015)

 

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A film by Tom McCarthy

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams 

On January 6, 2002, Boston Globe subscribers picked up their local paper and saw the front page headline: “Church Allowed Abuse by Priest for Years. And yes it had an impact all over the world. Cardinal Bernard Law, the Archbishop of Boston, stepped down in disgrace, he is now in Rome to this day thanks to pope john Paul II. I was still in the US when the story broke out and did it make news not only it made news but other victims called the globe to tell the story after it broke out.

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Spotlight is about the investigation, it is wonderfully written and filmed old school a la classic mode as I call it. If remember correctly there was a film named All President’s men  but a different story this one about watergate. The Spotlight team is editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), and three reporters, Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), and Matty Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). John Slattery plays Globe managing deputy editor Ben Bradlee Jr. Keep in mind it is an all-star cast and what a beautiful job they have done here. When a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), comes on board bring the abuse from the priests and wants spotlight to make it their next story. Here are the reporters who are going to go full force and discover it is more common than they think. They soon discover that there were 90 priest who abuse children but still remain priest at their church. They tried to keep it quite for so long even they discover that 50% of the clergy had sex with adults who took an oath to god to be celibate. Why is that not surprising me at all. As the discover more atrocities McCarthy build the tension a bit. Spotlight also shows a deeper truth, the level of psychological trauma brought on by abuse, not just to the victims, but to horrified Catholics everywhere. And trust me when the news got out I knew some friends who were religious Catholic who was sick to their stomach after they read the news. They soon encounters more sources who were willing to talk. Here is a great film that show with perseverance and great work ethics mix with the passion reporters who has done an excellent job.

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