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Spotlight (2015)

Spotlight (2015)


Mark Ruffalo
Michael Keaton
Rachel McAdams
Live Schreiber

Directed by Tom McCarthy

Spotlight is a captivating, thought provoking, thrilling and dramatic film of the real life incident of the Boston Globe Spotlight team as they investigated the sexual abuse on children in the Boston area by Roman Catholic priests. The team did a wonderful job of not only exposing the priests, but the system that protects them from getting convicted or even exposed for their crime.

The Spotlight team won “The Globe” the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The man of the day concerning this film is the writer and director Tom McCarthy, He and Josh Singer (who also wrote the movie) both captured the incidents so appropriately that the only complain on truth of the film is from a man whose part in the movie or incident is negligible.

Spotlight won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in the Academy Awards in 2015, which are but few of the 92 accolades the film won in 2015. It was also a critical and commercial success.

Unlike Keaton’s previous movie where he played Riggan Thomson in the movie Birdman (2014)which won the 2014 Best Picture, I feel this movie is far better than Birdman (2014).

The next great thing in this movie is the cast, the ensemble cast in the movie were on point delivering breathtaking performances and making sure that you feel the pain anyone who reads the story of the molestation will feel.

The movie starts with the Boston Globe getting a new editor in Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) who calls the Spotlight editor Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton) and charges them to drop the cases they are working on and work on the reality in the case brought against the Archbishop of Boston.
Baron got the idea when he read a column on the Globe about a lawyer claiming the Cardinal is aware of the sexual abuse carried out by one of his priests in Boston.

The team took on the task to uncover the truth in the whole matter and what they uncovered shook them to their core. While they were trying to get a case on one priest they discovered that 87 priests in the Boston area could have sexually abused children under their care.

This discovery fueled them to dig deeper into the cover up scandal going on in Boston and all around the world as the priests who are meant to teach children about faith are destroying the lives of the same children.

It was during their investigation that the 9/11 attacks on the twin tower happened which almost derailed the investigations, but after things had died down some weeks later they went back in, digging for more proofs to expose the catholic church.

Spotlight is a classic and a movie well deserving of Best Picture.


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