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Habitué des grosses productions hollywoodiennes, Joel Schumacher, notamment responsable de Batman et Robin, délaisse le terrain du suspense et des grosses explosions pour faire de lhistoire vraie de Veronica Guerin un film sensible sur le courage journalistique.
Veronica est journaliste pour le Sunday Independant. Ayant déjà dénoncé la corruption de lÉglise et les scandales financiers à Dublin, elle reste persuadée quelle peut faire une différence. Son dernier combat : démanteler les réseaux du trafic de drogue qui pourrit la vie dublinoise depuis plusieurs années. Mais ses adversaires sont loin dêtre des enfants de chœur.
Comme lavait fait de son temps Pakula avec All The Presidents Men, Schumacher redore le blason dune profession décriée aujourdhui : le journalisme. Intègre, en quête de vérité, forte et déterminée, Veronica Guerin serait presque un modèle décole si le réalisateur ne nous montrait pas la difficile cohabitation de sa passion et de sa vie personnelle. Une réalisation sans grand déploiement soutient alors cette histoire somme toute touchante, malgré lutilisation deffets de style parfois racoleurs et de musique agaçante. Et si Cate Blanchett est, comme à son habitude, toujours juste et convaincante, le film, lui, ne semble jamais aller jusquau bout des possibilités que son sujet lui offrait. On prendra cependant plaisir à voir les bonus du DVD, offrant entre autres une scène avec la vraie Veronica, ainsi quun making-of. - Helen Faradji.
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The story is smoothly told, with a good opening sequence, but you can't expect a "bio-pic" in "Veronica Guerrin," in which you are shown not many things that would tell us about the inner life of her. Veronica, writer for the Sunday Independent, begins her crusade against the drug lord in Dublin, who is responsible for the appalling conditions of the life of the kids there. As she goes on, she is threatened by unseen forces, possibly the henchmen of the underworld, but she stubbornly keeps on her course until she meets the inevitable result.
Cate Blanchett's superb acting (Golden Globe nominated) almost hides it, but what the film's screenplay offers is treated with Shumacher's by-the-number direction. I really hate the moment, for instance, in which the camera lingers on the bloody crime scene, as if to put emphasis on the tragic nature of the story, in the worst Hollywood fashion. We can easily feel, from Cate's perfect acting (with perfect Irish accent), the magnitude of what she did, and what happened to her. So, why not leave it to her?
The villainous acting of Ciaran Hinds ("Persuation") is also great, but his character also suffers from too familiar elements seen in many crime films.Read more ›
Joan Allen played the role of Veronica Guerin in 2000's "When The Sky Falls". It's also a great film with fine acting, but not as well crafted as Schumacher's Hollywood version. The director and writers commentaries are typical, but the rare footage of the real Veronica Guerin addressing the 'Committee to Protect Journalists' is priceless.
Cate's overwhelming portrayal of journalist Veronica Guerin is nothing but brilliant, and she was sadly overlooked by Oscar, who usually eats up this kind of performance. Even though she won no award, Blanchett infuses Veronica Guerin with a smoldering passion, a strong sense of commitment and perseverance, and a loving mother and wife, whose actions endanger all of them, but she sticks to it. Cate has so many moments of excellence, one can't really elucidate on them without going on and on; suffice to say, Cate is magnificent.
Director Joel Schumacher leaves his action film techniques behind and crafts an envigorating yet sad film. Blanchett is supported by a tremendous cast: Gerard McSorney as John Gilligan is one of the most vile characters on celluloid and McSorney's performance is frightening and powerful. The scene where he attacks Veronica and beats her to a pulp is one of the most disturbing scenes I've witnessed in a long time. Ciaran Hinds (SUM OF ALL FEARS) is brilliant as Veronica's informant and eventual executioner. One can see how he is torn and yet remains selfish enough to save his own hide.Read more ›
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Senn this movie a few times before purchasing it. One of my favorites. The courage and bravery of this woman is truly inspiring.Great service with purchase.Published on June 10 2013 by Cheryl Breen
Guerin has good acting, but it is a little too slow. The story is interesting, but drags on. I had to put on subtitles because I didnt understand the Irish accent.Published on July 14 2004 by chicoer2003
When I saw that Cate Blanchett and Colin Ferrel were co-starring in a movie chronicling the life of the Irish journalist/martyr Veronica Guerin, I was immediately excited. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by J Mac
This was a movie about an Irish reporter who decides she wants to investigate the drug world after she sees young children in a local apartment building playing with dirty heroin... Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Heather M
The goddamned constant fake Irish accents in this movie makes it sometimes seem unwatchable. Cate Blanchett did a better job with The Missing. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Red
Above all, this is a movie about Ireland. It deals with the breakthrough in the ways of fighting drugs crime in this country. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by W R Visser
Veronica Guerin's movie is the best of the very best movies I have seen so far and for about 15 years I have watched at least two movies a day. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Kosovar
This movie describes the life of Irish reporter Veronica Guerin who believed in exposing people for what they were and nothing less... Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Ashley