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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Cate Blanchett
Ciaran Hinds
Gerard McSorley
Brenda Fricker.
Directors
Joel Schumacher.
Screenwriters
Carol Doyle
Mary Agnes Donoghue.
Running Time
94 minutes

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Veronica Guerin


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Plot
Veronica Guerin, a Dublin journalist, is murdered by two masked gunmen after being acquitted in court on charges of unpaid parking fines. In flashback, we learn that Guerin had been investigating a local drug ring — in particular a mysterious and very violent character named John Gilligan


Review
If the story of a crusading Irish journalist tangling with heavy-duty drug dealers sounds familiar, that's because Veronica Guerin's life and death were documented three years back in When The Sky Falls. John Mackenzie's film, though, was hamstrung by one crucial fact: producer Jerry Bruckheimer had the rights to Guerin's life story sewn up, leaving Mackenzie to fudge the facts with a lead character called 'Sinead Hamilton' and an actress (Joan Allen) slightly too old for the part.

In this family-approved version, however, Cate Blanchett makes a much more appealing and less mythic heroine. She portrays Guerin as a highly complex individual, a suburban mum who loved her family and her football, but who made the mistake of believing her own hype as a bulletproof newshound.

Schumacher handles the drama with surprising restraint and never shies away from the ugly truth of this violent world. The ending may be drawn out and over-sentimental, but this is a thoughtful interpretation of a very modern tragedy.


Verdict
A moving but gritty story of willpower and sacrifice that stops pleasingly short of a Hollywood varnish-job.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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Intense and gritty

The hard hitting real life story of the murdered journalist Veronica Guerin. Her desire to name and shame the murky, evil Irish drug dealers made her a household name in Ireland, but in the end those drug dealers stopped her in her tracks to bring them down. An intense and gritty drama with immense emotional feeling. This is an extremely powerful film with an equally powerful performance from Cate Blanchett. No matter what role she takes on she 110% owns the role. Magnificent portrayal the t... More

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