So where were you?
When the Boston Globe gets a new executive in Marty Baron (Liev Schriber) he immediately assigns a story to editor Robby (Michael Keaton) and his Spotlight team. He sees that years ago, a Catholic priest in Boston was accused of molesting children, but it never went anywhere. He wants Robby, along with his team of Sasha, (Rachel McAdams) Mike, (Mark Ruffalo) and Matt (Brian d'Arcy James) to dig deeper into the cover up of this abuse by nearly everyone involved with the church.
I find journalism movies fascinating. This year has offered two really good ones, Truth, and now Spotlight. Spotlight is very thrilling in its own way, watching these journalist follow up on leads, come so close, then get pulled back a few times. While the film has a run time over two hours it never feels that way. You're constantly awaiting what happens next.
It's always wonderful when a film based on a true story can do that. What the Boston Globe uncovered was a very big deal in the early 2000's, and more stories are still coming out today. There's a very sad, yet powerful moment when the credits roll and they start showing cities all over the world where mass abuse and covers ups have happened. It's scary to think that those are just the ones we know about.
The actors are great, but Mark Ruffalo really stands out from the pack. Mike is a very jittery and passionate individual, and Ruffalo plays him with so much intensity. He's really having a great year with this and Infinitely Polar Bear earlier in the summer. I hope he gets some awards attention for at least one of these films.
Memorable Quote: "If they say it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a village to abuse one." - Mitchell Garabedien (Stanley Tucci)