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Spotlight Movie Review

Written By David D'Angelo on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | 2/10/2016

What will you do if you found out that the Catholic church continuously covers up cases of child molestation done by priests? Would you pursue it despite the repercussions that will come?  This is perhaps the main question that runs through the heads of the Boston Globe Spotlight team as they went on their investigation of priest's cases in Boston.  Spotlight is a movie very controversial that you must watch it.
It started with a new head being assigned with the Boston Globe and a challenge to go into something very controversial.  Spotlight, the special investigative team of the Boston Globe decided to go into an assignment which is not their choice but which they think would matter to the interest of their readers.

Spotlight is a very awakening true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions - the Catholic Church.  It is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times.

Cast of the movie includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup and Stanley Tucci.  Their acting was really superb and I would say that as you watch the movie it is like viewing in a camera where everything that had happened was video taped.

I like the sequence of the movie and how the truth began to unfold.  You can actually see how the church tried to cover up everything and how the factor of shame came into the process.  The film was rated R-16 so it really brings some vulgar words which is needed in the story line.

The story of molestation of some of the victims was really vivid and you could just imagine the trauma that may had been caused by what happened to them.  It was also revealed that some of the victims would result into suicide after what had happened to them.

Although, I would say that Spotlight is a bit dragging for a movie of this theme, it managed to be authentic in its delivery of the intended message of the film.  It did not sacrifice the story in exchange for cinematic box office.

I would admit that I did get sleepy on some part of the movie and I had to wake myself up.  This does not mean that I am not interested but the fact is it went too much into detail that for some it seems to be rather repetitious and too much.

Let's proceed to how I score Spotlight movie.
  • Music: 8
  • Cinematic Quality:  7
  • Character: 10
  • Plot:  8
  • Popularity: 6
  • Recommendation: 10
  • Overall Rating: 82/100

Spotlight runs 2 hours and 7 minutes but it is a highly recommended film, not because it exposes some negative anomalies in the church but rather because it is something that is truthful.  This film will remind us that priests are human as well and also call on the Vatican perhaps to review and do something about it.

Thanks to Solar Pictures and Solar Entertainment for inviting us to the movie premiere.

Thanks for reading!


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