Kill The Messenger Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Kill The Messenger

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R (USA): Language and drug content.

  • The pitch:

    Contra-versial.

  • Starring:

    Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Paz Vega, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta, Yul Vazquez, Lucas Hedges

  • Directed by:

    Michael Cuesta

  • Running time:

    112 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are held at gunpoint, kidnapped, pursued. Objects punched/kicked, window smashed. Images of soldiers carrying guns, explosions, weapons firing, burning buildings, people being handcuffed. Rapists, paedophiles, killing people, dying children, suicide mentioned. Yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody scratch, bloody hand. Bandages. Images of corpses, body bags, blood-covered fabric, baby in ICU.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple in bed (sex implied). Kissing. Swimwear, nightwear, cleavage, shirtless men, men in underwear. Infidelity discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Images of illegal drugs, drug dealing, drug-taking, drug paraphernalia. Prescription drugs consumed. Alcohol (beer, champagne, wine, cocktails). Underage drinking. Smoking. War on drugs, drug abuse, heroin, marijuana, crack cocaine, narcotics, dope mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for bodily functions. Religious exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Gary Webb, Dark Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion, US government, conspiracy theories, news reporting, investigative journalism,informants, lies, power, bribery, corruption, drugs, drug dealing, racism, father-son relationships, infidelity, awards, motorcycle maintenance, Nicaragua, San Jose Mercury News.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mistress (suicide) mentioned. Suicide (gunshots) mentioned. Prison, courtroom, airport settings. Plane, helicopters, ducks, horses, tank fish. Cooking hamburgers, hot dogs; roast chicken eaten. Urination. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Assiduous, engrossing, flinty, brainy, fact-based, gritty, cautionary, painful, worthwhile, compelling, coherent, ballsy, sincere, well-meaning, admirable. Excellent performance from Jeremy Renner, topnotch cast, steady flow of tension, great story, standout performance from Lucas Hedges, the film has passion/heart.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Patchy, unsubtle, idealistic, generic, sprawling, overstuffed, strained, dated, self-congratulatory, clichéd. A little too sympathetic toward subject, overuse of news exposition montages, plot holes, mismatched tones, glorified cameos.

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