I was back in Ireland just a few weeks after the murder of Veronica Guerin and it was still reverberating around the country. It did have the advantage of taking people's attention away from the Nutty North and marching season and the annual confrontation of Drumcree. As one Irish newspaper put it (sort of), we have enough problems of our own down here without bothering about two lots of eejits who want to fight each other. With increasing prosperity, the Irish drug scene expanded dramatically and with it the arrival of vicious organised crime, with even the IRA, for all its lofty Republican rhetoric, getting involved.
Living abroad, I know little about Guerin's style (apart from the fact that it was brave bordering on irresponsibly reckless). Her editor seemed to let her get away with murder, possibly (one could cynically think) because all the controversy sold papers.
Judging the film on its own merits, I found it excellent. Cate Blanchett, a dinki di Aussie, does a great job with the accent and the acting of both Ms. Blanchett and the supporting cast, are generally first rate. It's been a long time since I've seen a villain as menacing and frightening as John Gilligan. But did the real Ms. Guerin really get around the seediest areas of Dublin in glamorous, beautifully-cut pants suits? That aside, the only disconnect comes when Ms. Blanchett shows total lack of fear in confronting gangsters and then turns into a terrified jelly when beaten up/shot. I would have expected a bit more fear in the confrontations rather than the extreme nonchalance evinced by Ms. Blanchett. Nevertheless, a very good film.