IMDb Top 250: #205 Spotlight

Spotlight (2015)

Director: Tom McCarthy
Writers: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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The first thing I remember when I first saw it, was that I was shaking. The movie touched me. You feel shivers down your spine when the credit rolls. And not because this is a horror movie or something like that. Because everything you see in the movie, it actually happened. All the pain, all the suffering. It was real. All of it.

Spotlight tells the story of 4 investigative journalists from the Boston Globe. After a new editor is hired by the newspaper, he reads a column regarding a possible pedophile priest. Considering that this is an article worth the trouble, he assigns the Spotlight team to investigate. The team initially starts to investigate the priest, but after talking to victims, they start to realize that there is more than one person involved. Through extensive investigation, Spotlight eventually finds out that there are around 90 priests in the Boston area alone that match the pedophile description. What’s worst is that the Archbishop of Boston was well aware of the situation and did nothing about it.

Maybe one of the greatest movies made regarding real facts, Spotlight  is so real and accurate in its details that it can be perceived as a documentary. Cast performances are stellar, but of all Mark Ruffalo stars the brightest, delivering the performance of a lifetime. Although it can shatter the faith, this movie shows just how rotten the Catholic Church truly is. Thousands of people were left traumatized because they put their faith in the wrong place. And all of this pane can be seen, can be felt. It does a marvelous job showing what the Catholic Church is and maybe what it was all along: a rotten and outdated institution, that does whatever it wants, no matter the consequences. But all in the name of God.

 

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