January 16, 2016

Spotlight - [ True Event ] - (5/5)

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Spotlight - Not so Good Godmen

Spotlight is movie based out of true event happened in 2001 regarding investigative journalism of Boston's famous newspaper The Boston Globe about sexual abuse of children by priests which was overlooked by cardinal and churches. The Boston Globe hires a new editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber)  who discovers Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton) heads the "Spotlight" team, a small group of journalist whose articles are investigative in nature, but can take upto a year to publish. Baron points out a small column in paper about a pedophile priest John Geoghan and a lawyer who claims Cardinal Law (Arch Bishop of Boston) knew that Geoghan have been sexually abusing children but did nothing to stop him. Baron asks spotlight team to investigate it further. By connecting dots and joining broken pieces the team finds out it's not a matter of one priest abusing children but there are many such cases which was buried by churches and it's people. With in depth interviews and investigation they finds out there could be around 90 such priest in Boston alone who have been molesting as well sexually abusing kids for years. The spotlight  teams (Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) as well few other journalist), prepares a strong story, however Baron still pushes them instead of taking on individual priests they must take it against the entire system where Cardinals & bigger authorities let these abuse happen and don't take any action against such bad as well as corrupt priests. Spotlight team then work out and make a strong story which gets published in early 2002 which gets huge responses and uncovers thousands of such cases across the world.

The movie has a theme of investigation where director Tom McCarthy does a superb job on keeping you engage through out the movie. Having superb cast of Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci etc there is no doubt all given great performance however Mark Ruffalo stands out with his fierce full acting. It's an amazing movie and chills you by thinking how in the name of god things happens where people at large suffer silently against power of churches. A must watch movie and I won't be surprised if it wins Best Film in Oscar.

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