|Colm Feore in THE INSIDER
"Are you saying that everything Canadian is boring?"
I love it when a film has a bit of CanCon. Sometimes it's the
only thing worth watching it for. And now that you've read it
from me, you could go on and do something else with two long
hours of your life. Read a book. Take a bath. Hell -- watch TV,
because that's all this movie is about anyway, despite
aspirations to being about idealism and journalism.
Al Pacino plays a producer from the "60 Minutes"
television show (tick tick tick tick tick tick). He links up with
a former tobacco industry insider who has something explosive he
wants to tell. Something too hot to handle. Something for which
the Tobacco Lords would sue CBS into the stone age if they aired
it. Now if you're going to see the movie, and don't want the
secret to be revealed, squint right now, and skip over the next
line which contains the Big Story for all to see.
Tobacco companies realize that nicotine is
addictive. They use additive to increase the nicotine's
effectiveness. They testified to the contrary in court.
Phew! It'll be a miracle if The Front Page doesn't get shut
down for daring to even quote someone else's accusations about
the good folks who wrap up dried leaves in thin paper for people
to burn in their mouths.
But wait! There's more explosive news:
News outlets are corporations. Corporations
are businesses. Journalism's interests are not necessarily
those of businesses, and so compromises are made.
No doubt you'll need a moment to cool off after this
revelation. Pick up a newspaper. Cut out the ads. How much is
left? If you don't know, try it yourself. Use the front section
of your favourite paper, and if you're a parent, do it with your
kids. They deserve to know too.
Russell Crowe plays the whistle blower. Colm Feore (more
CanCon) plays a lawyer (or something). While I'm really glad to
see both of them getting work, I've seen them do better, in films
with smaller budgets. Which leads me to my last shocking exposť:
Acting is a job. Actors work because they
site (Not a bad job)