Movie Review: Kill The Messenger – Jeremy Renner Steals The Show

kill the messengerJeremy Renner stars as Gary Webb, a journalist in the 90′s who is about to be embroiled in the most sensational story of his career; a link between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Nicaraguan cocaine smuggling.

Kill the Messenger tells the story of American investigative journalist Gary Webb, whose controversial story Dark Alliance caught the nation’s attention and shook the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It also discloses the consequences Webb had to bear for his pursuit of truth.

Kill the Messenger, a truth-teller persecuted by the cowardly and craven mainstream media is pure fiction. Gary Webb was a real person who wrote a real story, a three-part series called Dark Alliance, in August 1996 for the San Jose Mercury News, one of the flagship newspapers of the then-mighty Knight Ridder chain.

Gary Webb’s story made the extraordinary claim that the Central Intelligence Agency was responsible for the crack cocaine epidemic in America. What he lacked was the extraordinary proof.

Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency supported Nicaraguan rebels to smuggle cocaine into the United States in exchange for raising funds to covertly support the contras. His shocking revelation about Central Intelligence Agency’s connection with cocaine dealers obviously didn’t go down too well with the agency and it’s closet publicists – the mainstream press. I

Adapted from Gary Webb’s own Dark Alliance and Nick Schou’s Kill the Messenger, Michael Cuesta not only manages to create a spectacular film that recounts the life of Gary Webb but also sheds light on media manipulation, newspaper politics and the sacrifices a journalist is forced to make, for uncovering a conspiracy.

Jeremy Renner as Gary Webb is terrific and manages to portray the emotional upheaval, passion and edginess brilliantly. His rendition of the reporter’s candid speech will surely make you cry. Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta and Andy Garcia are effective in their respective cameos.

Kill The Messenger is undoubtedly one of the best crime dramas of the year and is a must watch.

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Summary: Kill the Messenger tells the story of an American investigative journalist Gary Webb, whose controversial story Dark Alliance caught the nation's attention and shook the Central Intelligence Agency.
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Movie Review: Kill The Messenger – Jeremy Renner Steals The Show Kinky Little Boots News Network Kill the Messenger tells the story of an American investigative journalist Gary Webb, whose controversial story Dark Alliance caught the nation's attention and shook the Central Intelligence Agency.

Jeremy Renner stars as Gary Webb, a journalist in the 90's who is about to be embroiled in the most sensational story of his career; a link between th...

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