Tuesday, 28 March 2017

''Spotlight'' (2015 film)- Review

Directed by: Tom McCarthy
Released: 2015
Country: United States

Genre: Biographical drama

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian D'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Jamey Sheridan, Billy Crudup

Rating: 4 out of 5


The film ''Spotlight'' is based on a true incident. Spotlight is an investigative team of the Boston Globe, and once every few months they publish thought-provoking, investigative stories that expose many of the injustices happening in the society. They decide to look into the matter of a Catholic priest molesting children, and they come to find out that higher authorities did nothing about it although they knew. As the members of Spotlight look deep into the matter, they come across more shocking revelations that indicate that there were many such incidents happening in Boston, and nobody did anything to expose them. The team then investigates the incidents in depth, interviewing lawyers and victims to publish their story and to make the public aware.

It took me some time to get into the film, but once I did, I was completely captivated by it. The film deals with a thought-provoking subject matter, and the way things slowly and eventually unfold is really interesting. It slowly transported me to its world, and once it did, it became gripping and captivating. Excellently directed, well-made, well-scripted and with excellent performances, this is definitely a very thought-provoking film. 

There is a scene in which two of the members of the Spotlight team- Michael Rezendes and Sacha Pfeiffer (played by Mark Ruffalo and Rachel MacAdams- on another note, the two of them deliver particularly excellent performances)- horrified by the revelations they have come across while researching for the story they are about to write- are talking on the porch. We can see how devastated they both are. We can see that they are not just working for a story. They are working on the story because they care. They want to put an end to the crimes that has been overlooked and covered up for such a long time. They are working on the story because they want to put an end to the injustices happening in the society. 

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