My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

When The Sky Falls

BBB.5

(out of 5)


Riveting Irish drama stars an excellent  (the same year she was critically lauded for her performance in The Contender) as a fictionalized version of Veronica Guerin (here named Sinead Hamilton), a Dublin crime journalist who was murdered by the high-power drug ring that she was trying to infiltrate with her investigative writing. The film starts with Allen interviewing retired thug , who then meets an unfortunate accident; Hamilton begins to get wise to the organized drug dealing that is starting to go on in her city, teaming up with a sensitive cop () who feels he can’t do his job well with the restrictions being put on him by his supervisors. Such excellent acting is involved here that your heart will skip a beat every time these characters go out of doors and into the danger they’re living in. In the end it’s an inspirational and very touching story of a woman who became a martyr for her profession and ended up bringing down a criminal empire with her life. Guerin’s story was again filmed under her own name with Cate Blanchett in the role.


Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Icon Entertainment International, Irish Screen, Redeemable Features, Sky Pictures

United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by , , , additional dialogue by

Cinematography by

Produced by Michael Wearing

Music by Pol Brennan

Production Design by Mark Geraghty

Costume Design by Lorna Marie Mugan

Film Editing by Graham Walker

Toronto International Film Festival 2000

 

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