Kill The Messenger

Kill The Messenger

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Directed by : Michael Cuesta

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Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and ...more

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“Kill The Messenger is an exceptionally thrilling film based on real life events. With Jeremy Renner giving one hell of a riveting performance, this film is a sure shot must watch despite all its flaws! ”

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Kill The Messenger

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I come from a generation that was told (courtesy American pop culture) to JUST SAY NO. Our bogeyman was someone who would lure innocent young school children with ice cream or chickpeas LACED WITH HEROIN, COCAINE and voila! three days later poor Bubloo was an addict selling his school books and family silver for just one more lick of that ice cream they sold outside school. 

I also come from a generation that spent the better part of 1998 poring through the Kenneth Starr report , a time when a 400 page report that vindicated  Gary Webb--Kill the Messenger's main character, of all that he had struggled for and against. 

This film links those two stories; and as my generation watches this film, I expect many amongst us feeling very bitter, even though the revelations are all too familiar.

Though Kill The Messenger takes on the games that governmental agencies play; in this case one arm pumping in money globally to quell the tide of addiction, whilst the other creates a generation of addicts channeling the drug money to play their Cold War politics in the neighbourhood--the film is also a commentary on the murky world that is the journalist community.

An investigative reporter stumbles, as earnest albeit conflicted men of a certain background are apt to, on The Scoop. One where the CIA is alleged to conspire with Nicarguan rebels to smuggle in and sell crack to American youngsters of a particular demographic in return for guns to fight the government forces; this as the U.S Congress has pulled the plug on Regan's administration supporting the Contras. Webb tries to maintain his slice of Americana, there are accolades galore after his gutsy expose, lazy picnics with the family until the Big Fat Media Cats and the CIA bring his world tumbling down. And his editors do what editors do, shuttle him to the 'human interest' desk.

 

And it is this that will make Kill The Messenger topical.

The CIA will continue its Machiavellian ways.

Media, Empire and that Headstrong LiveWire will continue to lock horns.

I just hope movies like Kill The Messenger continue to chronicle this journey.

 

The movie is finely produced and get the 90s and the early boom of the 'online story' right. Do watch it.

 

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