Published on January 15th, 2016 | by Ian Boyle0
MOVIE REVIEW: Spotlight
The truth shall set you free, or so it’s said (if you know where the quote is from I hope you enjoy the irony). Spotlight is a movie that focused on the Boston globe newspaper investigation into child sex abuse by the Catholic Church and cover up by the authorities. A topic sadly all too familiar in Ireland. The film focuses on four investigative reporters from the Boston Globe spotlight team, and new head editor of the Globe, as they begin to investigate reports of child sex abuse by priests in the predominantly catholic city of Boston. And the legal work on behalf of the abused.
The movie follows in the footsteps of films like “All the President’s Men” & “Erin Brockovich” from both a newspaper and legal point of view. However, it is lacking the heart and conviction to stand equal with these movies. The acting by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Matt Carroll and Stanley Tucci, the directing by Tom McCarthy, and cinematography are all solid but doesn’t raise itself to exceptional overall, due in no small part of the slow pacing of the film.
There are 2 standout scenes in this movie, the opening scene inside a police station which really conveys the see no evil hear no evil approach the authority took with any claims against the Catholic Church. The Rachel McAdams’s reporter doorsteps a elderly retired priest and the justification of his actions are quit chilling. It’s a shame that the film can’t keep this level of engamment thoughtout the movie.