Source: Catholic News Service
Truth-based story about an Irish investigative journalist (Cate Blanchett) whose murder in 1996 for exposing high-level organized crime made her a national hero and helped turn the tide in Ireland's war on drugs. While Guerin's real-life martyrdom makes for compelling drama, the biopic, directed by Joel Schumacher, fails to offer any meaningful insights into what fueled its subject's passion, focusing almost entirely on a superficial documenting of the dangers she faced, hedging awkwardly between grittiness and gloss, and resulting in a stylistically schizophrenic -- yet ultimately engaging -- portrait of heroism. Recurring graphic violence and drug abuse, an implied sexual encounter, as well as much rough and crude language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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