Veronica Guerin [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.
The movie starts with the shooting of Veronica after she gets out from court where she was facing charges on twelve hundred parking violations and a couple of speeding tickets for going over one hundred miles per hour. Then, the action goes back and starts revealing how the journalist got to that point. Veronica Guerin was a journalist that felt empty when writing casual and non-critical articles, so when she is assigned to the crime section, she finds a cause she can embrace. In Ireland, the drug trade has driven crimes rates to a record high, and a myriad of youngsters are living in the streets, having only one desire...to get high. Veronica's quest consists in connecting the drugs to the crime lords and bring the organization down. To do this she starts relentlessly pursuing these dangerous people and gets her family and herself into dangerous situations. "The Monk", "The Coach" and "The General", among others, are getting nervous.
While watching this movie you will find yourself cheering for the heroine, and getting worried and scared for what may happen to her and her family. Cate Blanchett has a stellar performance, which makes the character even more likable. This actress focuses a good part of her time on plays, but I would really love if she decided to devote a larger part of her time to movies, which is what I usually have access to.
It would have been easy to sentimentalise her life, a young mother gunned down, but the movie "Veronica Guerin" did not.It portrayed an ambitious journalist whose determination to investigate the real dangers in the Irish Republic may have led her to act wrecklessly at times.
Cate Blanchett is astonishingly good in the title role, with the always excellent Ciaran Hinds giving a fine performance too.
Sad it may be but "Veronica Guerin" is an important story and needs to be seen.
VERONICA GUERIN is based on real events. It's the second screen telling of the story, the first being WHEN THE SKY FALLS (2000) starring Joan Allen.
In this version, Cate Blanchett stars in the title role as the Dublin journalist on Ireland's leading newspaper, who takes it as her personal mission to expose the burgeoning drug trade in the mid-1990's. Her stubborn probing brings her onto the radar of some very hard and violent men, in particular one John Gilligan (Gerard McSorley). Guerin persists despite escalating threats and violence to her person. It's a matter of public record that she was gunned down in her car on June 26, 1996 while waiting at a traffic light, the depiction of which assassination is initiated during the first few minutes of the film.
VERONICA GUERIN is a revelation. Call it naivete, but I never suspected that Ireland had such a vicious and violent drug problem. I mean, didn't St. Patrick drive out the snakes?
Cate Blanchett is perhaps one of the very best dramatic actresses in film today. She doesn't just act her role, she becomes one with it. She is the single best reason to see this movie, and the reason that I'm giving 4.5 stars to an otherwise 3-star production. But why not five?
Blanchett's Guerin persona is glamorous, exuberant, witty, and flirtatious - I think I'm in love. However, I've the sneaking suspicion that the scriptwriters embellished the personality of the murdered reporter to make it play better to the audience. If they did, they'd no good reason to have done so since Veronica's two-year battle against drug dealing scum is by itself a front-page story of incredible heroism - or incredible foolishness. Perhaps the world would be a better place had it more of such fools.Read more ›
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Very good but very disturbing film. I love films based on fact.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A bit disappointed after viewing it again. Still it is a good thing it is made and we remember. When I was waiting for the DVD to be delivered RTE had a documentary about Veronica... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peti Buchel
An amazing story, and Cate Blanchett slips perfectly into the role of Guerin, who pursues corruption regardless of the danger to herself and family. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julie Appleton
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