Kill The Messenger Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Kill The Messenger

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R (USA): Language and drug content.

  • The pitch:


  • 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)


    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.


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


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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