Under the direction of new editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), the Boston Globe's elite investigative team, known as Spotlight, is tasked with delving into decades' worth of child-abuse claims against the Catholic Church. Led by Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), the journalists begin to uncover a massive scandal involving sexual abuse and the willful ignorance perpetrated by the Church within the city of Boston. Facing political opposition and resistance from the far-reaching influence of the Church, the reporters put together an explosive exposé on a corrupt system. Directed by Tom McCarthy and based on the true events of the 2002 investigation by the Globe, the star-studded Spotlight also features Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, and Stanley Tucci.~Daniel Gelb
“Spotlight” as a movie is amazing and deserved the Oscar for Best Picture! I ordered this DVD online and it was shipped to my home. My problem is the the inside of the case was broken. The part in the middle that holds the DVD in place, a piece has broken off in the case causing the DVD to slide back and forth in the case (fortunately, it did not cause any scratches to the DVD). It was disappointing. But, the movie itself is fantastic!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love the story line, shows the unmasking of the pedophiles and how everyone else but the pedophile priests were masking the problem. The problem was no one was willing to do this and until someone does thinks continue the same. Great acting, I understand why they won for movie of the year
Spotlight is a much smaller movie compared to many of the big costume dramas and historical epics that are released around Oscar season starting in October that compete for the Best Picture statue.
That's not to say that period movies and costume dramas don't have their place but this movie was positively refreshing.
There were no big, loud scene stealing performances and no big orchestral scores or moments that tugged at your heartstrings. Spotlight simply presented the working life of investigative reporters that usually remain in the shadows of print journalism because all we really see as average citizens is the end result and not all the work that goes into bringing a story to the public.
The focus of the investigation is disturbing and may not to be appropriate for those under 17 (the movie is Rated R) as it has to do with the child abuse scandal that shook the Catholic Church to it's foundations in the early 2000's.
And as important as the story is, as critical as it was to reveal the truth about what went on and to bring the issue to the public so justice could be served and the voices of the abused would no longer have to remain silent, the movie could have been about any important case that needed to be brought to the public's attention.
That's the beauty of the film. It's universal message is that the search for truth is one of the most important duties of any true journalist and is also what functional societies should be built on: the consistent demand for truth and accountability so no crime or wrong doing does unnoticed, no matter how small or powerful the perpetrator is.
So whether it's the Flint water crisis or investigations into our Presidential candidates or the recent stories about police abuse and use of force or the even the Heroin epidemic that claims thousands of lives every year, Spotlight brings much needed attention to the fact that journalists are one of the key protectors of our democratic values because they seek the truth and see it as their duty to bring it to our attention.
So whether you appreciate movies about true stories or want to understand more about how print journalism work (this movie ranks among the best on the subject up there with All The President's Men) or like intelligent movies that are understated but well crafted then you will like this movie.
The audio and visuals are solid on blu ray and dvd and the package comes at good deal with an HD digital copy to watch the movie on the go on your portable devices.
So if you missed Spotlight in theaters and like award season movies do yourself a favor and watch this great film.
It's a tough subject but you will walk away knowing a little more about how our modern world works and may even look at your newspaper and what they do a little differently.
This was my second favorite film from 2015 behind Fury Road. Nothing amazing happens on screen. There are no explosions and there isn't a lot of yelling. It's a quiet film where a team of reporters investigates a cover-up by the Catholic church in Boston and I was hooked the whole way through.
There have been a lot of comparisons to a 40-year old film called All the President's Men with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. That's a good comparison, but I think that Spotlight doesn't even have as much action as that film. It seems like I'm trying to dissuade you from seeing this, but I just want people to know this is a movie you will have to focus on and pay attention to.
The acting in this is top notch. It's great to see Michael Keaton quietly making a comeback. Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and Mark Ruffalo all give their best performances in years. You feel like their characters are real.
This is a movie that you will want to go in knowing as little as possible. If you know the outcome, it's still a great story, but seeing what happened to the reporters and how the story unfolds is what kept me riveted.
This isn't a dynamically filmed movie. There aren't any amazing shots and it's shot a bit like a documentary. The Blu-Ray does a good job of replicating what I saw in the theater.
This is a movie where everyone's talking all the time. There is a bit of music and ambient noises as well. I never had an issue hearing what was being said.
If this were two years ago, we would have had another disc full of extras. There are 3 featurettes adding up to around 12 minutes of extras. The interview piece with the Globe reporters is the best. There should be more here, but there is plenty of information on the Internet if you are interested.
I recommend this to anyone that is willing to engage their brain for a couple hours. You will definitely be rewarded for your effort.
Spotlight is a fine example of what perfect execution looks like. From the outset we are given the broad scope of the issue the film looks to tackle and from there we dive right into Boston, 2001 to meet the key players in the game the film will be playing. There are no hiccups, no time for second guesses and nothing narratively to take away from the main objective. Spotlight is a prime piece of meat with all of the fat trimmed and only the juiciest parts left so as to make the whole experience one of pure, concentrated excellence. That said, it is certainly an interesting case in a couple of areas. The first being that director Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor, Win Win), who is generally regarded as both a solid writer and filmmaker, was coming off the worst reviewed film of his career a year ago with The Cobbler and so to bounce back so ferociously with this effortlessly intelligent thriller makes it clear there is something more to be said for the process of filmmaking. The other, is that this reviewer in particular is a Catholic. This is an influential piece of information considering Spotlight is about the Boston Globe's investigation into the Church's abuse scandal that gave cause for people everywhere (Catholic or not) to take a second look at one of our most respected and trusted institutions. Because the film plays it straight down the middle, with no time for subplots or unnecessary qualms, no one party is ever viewed unfairly, but rather the irrefutable facts presented allow the audience to make up their own minds.
One of spotlight teams better stories that made a much needed change in how abuse should be handled to better protect our children.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very Important Film
First and foremost, I must openly praise the performances in this film. Each character is played with heart, honesty, and truth. I think you'll see what I mean. The subject matter was uncomfortable, and often times infuriating, but I'd almost say this film is a must see. Enlightening and enraging, Spotlight is quite possibly the movie of the year in which it was released. These films come along every now and then, probably due to their controversy, but they demand to be watched and researched. Do yourself and pick this film up, it's a great departure from the mindless, pointless, and single viewing slop that's constantly being shoved down our throats at our local cinemas. Go for the story, the writing, and the acting, you won't regret it!