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Ireland's most beloved and tragic contemporary hero/martyr gets the Hollywood treatment in the fact-based thriller "Veronica Guerin", an average film made recommendable for a fine performance by Cate Blanchett in the title role. The life, work, and assassination of the slain Irish journalist is respectfully chronicled in this gritty, streetwise biopic by director Joel Schumacher, beginning with her 1996 murder (by Irish gangsters) and flashing back to her diligent efforts, begun in 1994, to expose the drug trade that plagued Ireland for most of the decade. Blanchett is flawless in a role that combines passion, courage, and recklessness in a way that doesn't sugar-coat Guerin's character or imbue her with artificial heroics. Unfortunately, Schumacher (who makes room for an unbilled Colin Farrell cameo) and a naggingly unsophisticated screenplay turn Guerin's complex story into a conventionally accessible thriller that sometimes seems too good to be true, which is ironic given that Guerin's story was fictionalized in the marginally better 2000 film "When the Sky Falls", starring Joan Allen. Recommendable for Blanchett's performance and two memorably villainous roles for Ciar?°n Hinds and Gerald McSorley, "Veronica Guerin" is an adequate tribute that could and should have been exceptional. "--Jeff Shannon"
True story of a reporter who outed a Drug ring even when it costs her everything. She made a difference in her time. Movie if filled with action, history and great acting!!Published 2 months ago by annette
This truly was a gripping and harrowing (true) story about Veronica Guerin. It was everything I thought it would be and the ending is just plain devastating. Read morePublished 2 months ago by WHF
This flick was a sleeper, I had never heard of it. It is a true story and I enjoyed it to the last line.Published 3 months ago by Mike C.
Veronica Guerin is an Irish biopic that features Cate Blanchett in the title role.The screenplay by Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue focuses on Irish journalist, whose... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Desertman84
Excellent movie! And based on a true story so it's good to learn about some of the history in Ireland!Published 7 months ago by Mary Maloney