Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
United Kingdom/Ireland/USA, 2000. Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, Icon Entertainment International, Irish Screen, Redeemable Features, Sky Pictures. Screenplay by Ronan Gallagher, Colum McCann, Michael Sheridan, additional dialogue by Guy Andrews. Cinematography by Seamus Deasy. Produced by Michael Wearing. Music by Pol Brennan. Production Design by Mark Geraghty. Costume Design by Lorna Marie Mugan. Film Editing by Graham Walker.
Riveting Irish drama stars an excellent Joan Allen (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 Pete Postlethwaite, 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 (Patrick Bergin) 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.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000