• Kill the Messenger (2014)

Kill the Messenger

Release Date: October 10th, 2014

R |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

Journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) happens upon a story that not only leads to the origins of America's crack epidemic but also alleges that the CIA was well-aware of the dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S. and using the profits to arm Nicaraguan rebels. Despite warnings to halt his investigation, Webb keeps digging and uncovers a conspiracy with explosive implications. As a result of his findings, Webb's career, family and life come under threat.

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega

Director: Michael Cuesta

Genres: Docudrama , Thriller

Production Co: Bluegrass Films

Keywords: Car , Dark , Brooding , 1990s , Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Tirdad DerakhshaniPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It hobbles its otherwise fascinating premise by descending into hagiography. Webb's story is a tragedy, to be sure, but portraying him as a saint and martyr does little to advance the truth. show more

  • 60
    John AndersonWall Street Journal

    If the screenplay to Kill the Messenger were a news story, any capable copydesk would have kicked it back to the reporter — not for a shortage of facts, but a lack of dramatic soul. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Renner appears completely immersed in his role and when the clouds of doubt accumulate and the man becomes a professional pariah, it's a painful thing to see. show more

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