Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Must-See Cinema: Kill the Messenger 2014

Back in January I wrote a piece entitled Who Killed Gary Webb?, reviewing the book Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, by Nick Shou. It was all about the California journalist who blew open the CIA-Contra-Crack Cocaine connection, and who, for his trouble, was rewarded with having his career ruined and his life ended abruptly.

I mentioned then that it had been made into a movie, but I hadn't see it. Now I have.


It's a highly credible account of Gary Webb and the ways in which he was destroyed for daring to expose the crimes of the US government. Of course the film can't go into the detail that was in the book, but it does a good job of presenting the top-level events and actions.

You'll see a lot of familiar faces here, including Academy Award winner Jeremy Renner as Webb, and the inimitable Michael K. Williams as "Freeway" Rick Ross.

You can get it from Netflix, who seemed to take their own sweet time in getting it out. But never mind that, it's here and available and definitely worth watching.

More reading:
  · Kill the Messenger on the IMDB.
  · Kill the Messenger on Wikipedia.