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Kill the Messenger

Kill the Messenger
Kill the Messenger
Kill the Messenger
  • R
  • 1h 51m
  • 2014
Certified Fresh77%
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Two-time Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner leads an all-star cast in Kill the Messenger, a compelling political drama based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. A hard-charging investigative reporter (Renner), stumbles upon the story of a lifetime when he uncovers a link between US government intelligence agencies and Central American drug smugglers. Determined to prove the CIA used cocaine profits to fund the Contra rebels, Webb endangers his career and family when he ignores the warnings of agency operatives in his relentless pursuit of the truth. Hailed as “Renner’s most energetic performance since the Hurt Locker” (Newsday) and co-starring Ray Liotta, Oliver Platt and Andy Garcia, its an explosive tale that will keep you riveted in suspense.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh77%
Critics Consensus: Kill the Messenger's potent fury over the tale of its real-life subject overrides its factual inaccuracies and occasional narrative stumbles.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Tense journalism thriller examines CIA-Contra scandal.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kill the Messenger is a troubling, engrossing, and memorable thriller based on the life of journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), the San Jose Mercury News reporter who first reported the link between drug smuggling, the CIA, and the funding of the Contras in Nicaragua and was first lauded and then denounced for it. The film deals with serious material and makes use of real news footage depicting crack addicts and the human toll of the Nicaraguan civil war. There's plenty of swearing ("s--t," "a--hole," "f--k," and more), brief moments of violence (two men are threatened by a group of men armed with guns, for instance), social drinking, smoking, and a frank portrayal of how one man's life unspooled in the face of extreme pressures.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 10, 2014
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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