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Spotlight (2015)

Director:
Tom McCarthy
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Spotlight
RUNNING TIME
129 minutes
Producer:
Blye Pagon Faust
Steve Golin
Nicole Rocklin
Michael Sugar
Screenwriter:
Tom McCarthy
Josh Singer


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Michael Rezendes Mark Ruffalo
Walter "Robby" Robinson Michael Keaton
Sacha Pfeiffer Rachel McAdams
Marty Baron Liev Schreiber
Ben Bradlee, Jr. John Slattery
Matt Carroll Brian d'Arcy James
Mitchell Garabedian Stanley Tucci
Eric MacLeish Billy Crudup
Peter Conley Paul Guilfoyle
Cardinal Bernard Law Len Cariou

 

Review

Meticulous and a little lifeless, but still engrossing study of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese in Boston during the early 2000s. The nature of the story makes it important, but writer/director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor) relies a little too much on this importance. His approach is like that of a news reporter, and the evocation therefore efficient and easily forgotten in much the same way. There's some fine acting in here though, especially from Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton who create personas a little stretch from their most usual. With a little more verve and zest from McCarthy, their contribution and this film could have been defining instead of merely solid and interesting.

Copyright 20.9.2016 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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