#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Based on a true story, this is about the Irish journalist Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett), a reporter for The Sunday Independent, who exposed some of Dublin’s most powerful crime barons and drug lords in 1996. But later that year she was gunned down by assasins hired by the same criminal drug lords she exposed.
Plot: In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then gets in touch with John Traynor, a paranoid informant. Not without some prodding, Traynor leads her to John Gilligan, the ruthless head of the operation, who does not take kindly to Guerin’s nosing.
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Lightweight script dishonours heavyweight story
Which is a shame considering the great cast, good music and on the streets of Dublin locations. One does not get a sense of Veronica (played by Cate Blanchett and very competently) the star reporter in this. Her methods are glossed over and perhaps portraying another of her investigative reports prior to her final one might have helped understand her methodologies and dedication a little better. As it is, the character is not fully developed and her bare-faced confrontation of the low-lifes of Dublin do not ring true for me. It seems to be all about flirting her way along with the cops, the judges and the criminals themselves to get her stories. I felt the film did not do either Veronica or the story justice. Even the ending which should have been powerful, wallows into the waters of what her death accomplished in terms of changing the laws and then peters out into nothing so the viewer is left both empty hearted and frustrated. What was that again about respecting the viewer? Joel Schumaker, the director, should have left this film to an Irish director. He just didn’t get it. And neither did the writers. 7 out of 10 for the excellent cast wasted in this.
Irish Crusader. Thankfully Not Caped Crusader
Joel Schumacher’s “Veronica Guerin” is a dramatic biographical film about a journalist’s attempts to highlight the increasing drug problem in Ireland during the mid-1990s.
I wasn’t a fan of Schumacher’s oeuvre until recently. This is the man who singlehandedly killed the Batman franchise. (George Clooney for God’s sake stop blaming yourself.) The director responsible for the lesser John Grisham adaptations. “Dying Young” anyone? But since then he’s had the Vietnam boot camp film “Tigerland”, possibly his best work to date. And the long delayed Hitchcockian thriller “Phonebooth”. I realize that I left “Bad Company” out but you can’t blame him solely for such a routine movie that just so happens to share a plot with a Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer.
Again Schumacher is working for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, only this time around Bruckheimer’s fingerprints aren’t all over this piece. The majority of Bruckheimer’s productions are macho actioners but recently he’s dabbled in television and true life dramas. “Remember The Titans”, the story of an African-American high school gridiron coach teaching the first interracial team in Virginia, was a blockbuster for him.
But this film is very different. It’s not a popcorn, leave your brain at the door, painting by numbers, run of the mill movie. Nor is it a feel good flick that lifts your spirits and puts a smile on your face as you skip up the aisle. This is a courageous move for both men. A tragedy that asks the question, does the end justify the means?
I can’t say that I have ever heard of journalist Veronica Guerin before this. One of the minor personalities in the film, Martin Cahill aka The General, has had two different biopics about his life, John Boorman’s near faithful “The General” and the loosely based “Ordinary Decent Criminal”. Guerin was a small time newspaper reporter who had made a name for herself writing copy about the Irish underworld. With her criminal connections she begins to investigate who’s behind the current drug trade. Her original suspect, Cahill, is assassinated allegedly by the I.R.A. who claimed responsibility. The deeper she begins to dig, the more serious the threats on her life become causing her celebrity to rise.
Cate Blanchett is perfect in the title role. She is brash and strong willed one minute, scared and vulnerable the next. This is a very humane and respectful portrayal of a woman who would stop at nothing to find the truth.
The other cast, Brenda Fricker etc., are great including a cameo from Schumacher regular Colin Farrell as a man in the street.
The fact that I’m not Irish may be a hindrance to giving a thorough review. I’ve no qualms about the American filmmakers and an Australian actress telling a very personal Irish story as long as the end product is good. This true tale changed Irish laws and it’s heroine became a national martyr. I could see how some audiences may take offence that foreigners have decided to turn this news item into a multimillion dollar Hollywood production. Irish filmmakers Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan would’ve been the first names to come to mind to tell this story. They’re deeply interested in relating tales from their homeland and both have dealt with I.R.A. content.
But Schumacher has done a top notch job. He has not shied away from the violence and tragedy of her life. Sometimes biographical stories if they’re not done correctly have a made for television feel about them. This informative, David versus Goliath story and the way it’s told is cinematic and makes perfect sense for a broad worldwide audience to see it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Joel Schumacher
Writer Carol Doyle (story), Carol Doyle (screenplay), Mary Agnes Donoghue (screenplay)
Actors Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Ciarán Hinds, Brenda Fricker
Country Ireland, UK, USA
Awards Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations.
Production Company Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, London, UK (color)
Film Length 2,684 m (Switzerland)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)