“Kill the Messenger” Reveals the Dark Side of Investigative Journalism


Kill the Messenger


Release Date: October 10, 2014
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Michael K. Willians, Oliver Platt
Director: Michael Cuesta
Studio: Bluegrass Films, The Combine
Distributor: Focus Features
Genre(s): Political Thriller / Drama
Based On Dark Alliance

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review Spoilers: Moderate
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After a title card bleakly declares that we signed up for a film based on an all-too true story from 1996, Kill the Messenger starts by force-feeding the audience with a rapid-fire stream of muckraking newsreels and televised political speeches linking the United States’ “War on Drugs” with the Contra War for democracy in Nicaragua. Drugs, a foreign war, the media circus and the United States government mix together like a bitter, but familiar, iceless drink. We expect some mad corruption and conspiracies to go down, and a crusading hero handsomely…

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