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Spotlight [DVD] [2016]

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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci
  • Directors: Tom McCarthy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2016
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (443 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01AO0YOSE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Led by Walter “Robby” Robinson the team of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe known as ‘Spotlight’ pride themselves on their relentless dedication to exposing the truth of society’s ills and bringing the guilty to account. Under the direction of new editor Marty Baron the team begin to uncover a scandal revolving around allegations of child abuse within the Catholic Church and the wilful ignorance of those in power who have done nothing to stop it. Facing political opposition and resistance from the far-reaching influences of the Church, the reporters put together an explosive exposé revealing that the truth is much darker than they could have ever imagined.

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I found this film hard going at the start, but I ended up really enjoying Spotlight and I was completely wrapped up in the story by the end. I think the acting was completely on point, I thought it was well directed and best of all I found the dialogue was riveting. I was sat there just shocked at all of the things the Boston Globe journalists was uncovering regarding the abuse from the Catholic priests on young children. I think it's important to point out that I didn't think the film was an attack on the religion or the beliefs attached to it. It was simply about uncovering the system that was allowing for countless children to be groomed and abused.

I thought the film really highlights how these secret abuse scandals affected peoples lives. All of the interviews with the abuse victims felt hard hitting and poignant, and I like how the story also felt like it was affecting the journalists as well. Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo both stood out so much in this film for me. Rachel McAdams had a motherly attitude to her when she was interviewing some of the victims. I really loved her performance, and I like the flawed nature of Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo too. I thought Mark Ruffalo had an excellent scene too where he loses his temper, clearly feeling a sense of urgency to uncover the web of lies and deceit. This is actually probably the best ensemble performance I have seen all year and despite the fact it does stick out like a sore thumb that you're seeing well known actors in a film like this, it is so well handled that it didn't bother me too much.

This is a very strong film in my opinion and I'm definitely glad I saw it. It was an absorbing film to watch and I highly recommend it.
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Spotlight masterfully tells the story of the investigation of the abuse of children in the Boston area by priests from the Catholic Church. The film is well scripted, thoughtfully shot, and the acting is superb.
The film allows the viewer a seat in the offices of the Boston Globe as they uncover the extent of the long rumoured abuse within the Catholic Church in the area, and at no point looks to exploit the stories of the survivors, or sensationalise the story beyond recognition from the actual events at the time.

For those of you who are or have been members of the Catholic Church, it can make equally uncomfortable and unsurprising viewing. For those of you who do not belong to the Catholic Church, it gives a revealing insight into the workings of the Church, and how the integration of the Church into all aspects of the communities in which they 'serve', made challenging the crimes of these priests almost impossible for the survivors.

I'm sure some of those portrayed in the film may disagree with some of the characterisation and dramatisation of the events (as I think is probably inevitable in any film which looks to portray real life events), but it always feels as though the reality of the story is central to the way the film was made.

Spotlight is probably the most honest, compelling watch of the year, and I would thoroughly reccommend it. In particular, the performances by Michael Keaton & Mark Ruffalo are not to be missed.
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‘Spotlight’ is the true story of the Catholic Church’s paedophile scandal, which the U.S. newspaper The Boston Globe uncovered in 2002.

‘Spotlight’ refers to the investigative team led by editor Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton), whose team is made up of reporters Matty Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), and Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo). Their new editor-in-chief Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) wants the Spotlight team to dig further into Father John Geoghan, accused of sexually abusing 80 children while serving in different parishes. “So you want to sue the church?!” asks managing editor Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery), how could the team refuse such a potentially huge story?

Director Tom McCarthy films everything with realism and detail in mind, there’s none of the usual sensationalistic Hollywood David-versus-Goliath grandstanding. ‘Spotlight’ concentrates on the unglamorous and often fruitless rigours of journalism; reading through telephone books, pounding the streets, chasing down leads, knocking upon countless doors, and generally annoying everyone in the process. Its a thoughtful, honest portrayal, backed by a great cast who were all spot on, especially Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton.

‘Spotlight’ reveals the calculated tactics used by priests, who often targeted boys who needed father figures, in low-income districts. Worse still was the church’s insistence in moving these predators to another church, allowing the priests to carry on regardless. Psychological trauma brought on by abuse is just one result, but it’s not just to the victims.
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Set in 2001, the film follows a year long journalistic investigation into the cover up of child abuse by priests in The Boston Archdiocese. The abuse had gone on for decades and as the opening sequence shows, different people were aware of the problem at different times.The information was out there, but scattered and obscured. It took a determined team to bring it all together to reveal the scale of the problem and the efforts made, not to help the victims or deal with the perpetrators, but to protect the Church's reputation

If you have seen trailers for this film you could be misled into thinking that it is full of dramatic speeches and sudden discoveries that crack the investigation. It is actually much more measured and, in my opinion, better than the trailers suggest. There is great cast of quality actors, who all impress without individually dominating the screen time. Cutting between interviews and research, emphasises the sheer scale of the problem and common techniques used by the perpetrators themselves and The Church to cover itself. The film avoids heavy handed dramatisation of good and evil but rather shows the importance of personal responsibility. Turning a blind eye cannot be excused.
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