Spotlight (2016)

An old investigation is brought back to attention for the Boston Globe journalist group in dramatic thriller ‘Spotlight’

Film Review

Spotlight‘, a group of four Boston Globe journalists are called upon to unearth a somewhat covered-up case surrounding allegations of child abuse and molestation caused by the Catholic Church. The initially overlooked investigation develops into a larger scandal as the sins of priests are confirmed and the team endeavours to write the story that could potentially cause controversy and change, not just for the US, but the whole world.

Based on the true events of the investigation undertaken by the Boston Globe, later resulting in a Pulitzer Prize, this piece of thrilling and divulging drama brings a refreshing outlook to US journalists. The portrayal feels real and very credible for capturing a more contemporary history that may not have been considered to it’s full potential until now. The narrative itself is a debated account revolved around an old story that was first brought to the press and not investigated fully, until newly appointed editor brings it back to the spotlight.

The subject is something that isn’t brought to cinema very often, but the way that it is demonstrated during this film in particular enables this to be accepted, despite the severity of the problems. Overall, it deals with the subject wonderfully, providing the facts many viewers may not be aware of before hand.  It brings together the entire scope of the events that took, yet never fully taking sides. Instead it chooses to display reflective research manifesting in interesting and engaging ways, still keeping the audience enthralled.

The audience is exposed to the struggle that the reporters go through in order to achieve the information they truly think will benefit public subjection. Each individual involved in the case care immensely and genuinely want to publicise the scandal in order to help those that were effected. The characters are all strong-wiled and determined, with admirable work ethics. The film doesn’t divulge much from their main investigation in terms of storyline, enabling the audience to fully become part of the scrutiny and hardships of the news room. In terms of character developments, it doesn’t impart much away from their work lives. We see them strive through their work, prioritising one single case over relationships or home life.

source: Open Road Films

Stunning Cast

Superbly presented, characters are creditable for a true and honest depiction of strong will power against all odds. Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo) particularly acts as the foremost eager and pronounced individual that continues to pick at subjects to get the information he needs. Likewise, Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) is restless when it comes to questioning everyone involved, still maintaining a level of human condolences when required. As it’s an atypical genre for McAdams to regularly appear, she maintains a brilliant contribution to the team. The team itself works flawlessly together, continuing to fly ideas by each other to gain further intel, all in conjunction like a well developed group should.

A team of typical reporters are depicted in monotonously restrained environments is exactly how a story like this should be captured, which is why the feature worked so well.It’s a hard-hitting story that may not have captured much attention when the events initially unfolded, yet it does endeavour to be a prominent and important part of history. A crisis for the church, for legal developments as well as a noteworthy progression for the world revolving around journalists and the press. Also touching on the events of September 11th 2001, which take prominence over all other cases at the time, showing how under-looked the Church case was. Yet, even this setback doesn’t faze the group, as they never falter from their goal.

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