Watch: Kill the Messenger 2014 123movies, Full Movie Online – Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA’s past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras’ rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series “Dark Alliance”. As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life..
Plot: A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.
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National Security and Crack Cocaine
Greetings again from the darkness. This is one of those true stories that probably works better as a drama than as a documentary. Jeremy Renner brings passion and believability to his role as infamous journalist Gary Webb. This allows us to gain insight into Mr. Webb as a father, husband and man, rather than only as a fiery investigative reporter.
You likely recall Webb’s published story from 1996, when his research uncovered the likelihood that cocaine imported into the US was being sold as crack cocaine and the profits were going towards funding arms for the Contra rebels in Nicaragua. The kicker being that the CIA was well aware of these activities.
The film presents Webb as an idealist, too naive to comprehend that the story would have ramifications to his employer, his family and his self. The use of actual news footage adds a dose of reality, as does the mention of Ronald Reagan, Oliver North, John Kerry … and even the role Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky played in outshining the ultimate acknowledgment of Webb’s work.
The underlying message here … beyond the governmental cover-up … is the lack of a true free press. Of course, this issue remains front and center today, but in this particular instance, it’s surprising to see the influence and pressure applied by outside forces. It’s further proof that any hope for checks and balances from our news outlets was snuffed out many years ago.
The movie is based on two books: Gary Webb’s own “Dark Alliance” and Nick Shou’s “Kill the Messenger”. The frustration as a viewer is derived from the fragmented presentation brought on by steady stream of new characters who mostly only appear in one or maybe two scenes. The list of known actors is impressive: Rosemary DeWitt, Oliver Platt, Robert Patrick, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Barry Pepper, Michael Kenneth Williams, Andy Garcia, Gil Bellows, Lucas Hedges, Richard Schiff, and Ray Liotta. That should help explain what I mean by fragmented.
The story is an important one and the film is worth seeing. It’s impossible to not think of All the President’s Men while watching. The Grandaddy of crusading journalism continues to produce heirs … even those that are a black eye for the newspaper industry and our government.
The Truth The CIA & New YorkTimes Couldn’t Handle
“Kill The Messenger” is about one of the “known” darkest doings of our government’s darkest agency that has, largely, been swept under the rug. Most of us simply don’t know the story even as there’s a permanently seared image of Oliver North in full uniform holding his hand up being sworn to tell the truth. Careers ended in the morass that ensued, yet today it is more remembered by our commander-in-chief, supposedly, being blissfully in the dark as to even the smallest detail. Well, there ain’t nothing blissful in the reality of the Nicaraguan Contra Affair. It’s truly incalculable as to even a rough estimation of deaths this unthinkable breach of trust caused. Though the bulk of facts regarding this monumental government debacle will never be known Kill The Messenger sheds light on the man who broke the story and was systematically ruined for doing so.
Kill The Messenger chronicles a period where a small time reporter, Gary Webb, writing for a middle-market third-tier San Jose Mercury News paper broke the story of the decade regarding the C.I.A.’s trading guns for drugs in order to arm the Nicaraguan Contra freedom fighters (criminal thugs like the drug dealers in all likelihood). The movie based on Nick Schou’s book of the same name (as well as Webb’s own Dark Alliance) is expertly directed by Michael Cuesta. It has a dangerous palpable urgency from start to finish realistically mirroring the can of worms Webb’s article unleashed. Jeremy Renner gives a stellar performance bringing Webb’s story to the screen, undoubtedly Renner’s best to date. The poignancy hits like a jackhammer in the scene where Webb gives his “anti-acceptance” speech for journalist of the year.
Those organizations and individuals who sought to detract Webb at the time, largely concede today he had the story right just as he originally broke it. That, and this brilliant sympathetic movie are testaments to Webb’s sincere idealism for which he, and his family, paid dearly. This is the story about a man seeking the truth against a behemoth that hit back. Highly recommended.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 52 min (112 min)
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama
Director Michael Cuesta
Writer Peter Landesman, Gary Webb, Nick Schou
Actors Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims
Country United States
Awards 3 wins & 6 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Datasat
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Bolex H16 REX-5, Kern-Paillard Switar Lenses, Sony DVW-790, Fujinon Lens
Laboratory Company 3, New York (NY), USA (digital intermediate), DeLuxe, New York (NY), USA (dailies), Film Lab, New York (NY), USA (processing)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 16 mm (Kodak Vision3 50D 7203, Vision3 250D 7207), 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 50D 5203, Vision3 250D 5207, Vision3 500T 5219), Video
Cinematographic Process Digital Betacam (source format) (some shots), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 16 (source format) (some shots), Techniscope (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), D-Cinema