Sunday, April 13, 2008

Veronica Guerin (Drama 2003)

This was a movie that I wasn’t expecting to be that good, but it’s nice to be occasionally surprised. This film was based on the real life story of Veronica Guerin, a journalist working in Ireland during the mid 90s. She essentially wrote a lot of articles pertaining to crime, which ultimately led her to start investigating the source of a growing drug epidemic happening in her country. The closer she got to the person responsible, the more her life was put into jeopardy by the criminals.

I’m still not sure who the thumbs up should go to: the director or the writer. Joel Schumacher did The Phantom of the Opera, which I thought was great, but he was also responsible for Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, two movies that don't deserve words being written about them. The writer, Carol Doyle, doesn’t seem to work a lot, so maybe she deserves the kudos.

I think Cate Blanchett did an excellent job portraying this character. I’ve seen her in many other films and this one definitely shows her becoming a different character. Skills I tell ya, terrific skills.

Overall it was a pretty quick, yet thorough film that went into the life of this woman’s work and family. It’s crazy to think that there are people in this world who are so dedicated to their work that they would be willing to trade their life to bring down a criminal. I’m surprised I never heard anything about this film before I watched it. Very good.
Rating - A