Spotlight is a 2015 biographical drama directed by Tom McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer. The film is based on true events on The Boston Globe’s spotlight unit – the oldest operative newspaper investigative journalist unit in the U.S. In the movie, the unit consists of four reporters who are assigned to investigate the crimes of the Catholic priest John Geoghan. He is accused of molesting more than 80 boys, and the Cardinal Bernard Law (the archbishop of Boston) is aware of this, but does not do anything to stop him. As the research by the investigation team keeps tumbling, they eventually uncover a pattern; there is not only one abusive priest, but a whole 90 in the Boston area. Since all four reporters come from Catholic backgrounds, they have mixed feelings about their investigation.

What really caught my attention was the way each climax in the film was portrayed. They all consisted of dramatic tunes and dynamic movements. These factors made the film very exciting, almost as if my heart swelled and pulse quickened for a moment. The greatest/most shocking part, is that the film is based on the true events which took place in Boston in the early 2000’s. This is what makes it so unique, because we have the chance to get an insight of what really happened which makes us get a deeper understanding. The realistic filming style made me, for some reason, believe I was in the movie; as if I saw everything through my own eyes.

The film taught me how powerful media can be. In this case, it has a role in spreading critical and very important information to the public. Even though the research seemed to be a long and difficult process, it was worth it in the end. Investigative journalism is an excellent tool in relation to reveal wrongdoings, and to promote freedom of speech. People usually look at priests as sinless, but the movie shows us that it is not always the case…


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