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Veronica Guerin
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by Mark Rodger-Snelson

"Powerful story aided by solid performances all round"
4 stars

Veronica Guerin is the story of a journalist who was utterly committed to her profession and understood how powerful the media could be in changing the public’s view on political and social issues. Unfortunately this dedication led to her death when, in June 1996, she was violently gunned down by drug dealers who were less than happy with her exposé on their criminal world.

The film commences a couple of years before her death when Guerin visits some of Dublin’s slums and sees the devastating effect that heroin is having on some very young lives. Sickened by the fact that these kids’ lives are being destroyed whilst the pushers and kingpins get incredibly rich, Guerin begins a personal crusade to find out who is responsible for the flood of heroin onto Dublin’s streets and report her findings via the newspaper she works for. Her fearless campaign takes her into the seedy underbelly of Dublin as she seeks answers from shady characters low in the food chain. Her stories not only upset the dealers but also politicians who also take a dislike to her reporting style as she not only fights to crush the heroin trade but is also determined to change legislation that makes the dealers seemingly untouchable.

As Guerin manages to increasingly displease the criminal underworld, the death threats begin which only seem to fuel her cause. Even after a warning shot through her home office window, being shot in the leg and beaten to a pulp on separate occasions she continues with her investigations. This is despite the fact that she has a loving family and concerned colleagues who beg her to stop. It could be considered irresponsible that she did continue, particularly being the mother of a young boy – but then again her battle was to make a Dublin a safer place and save young people from the shattering effects of heroin.

Schumacher is continuing on a good path with a string of lower budget, character driven stories (Flawless, Tigerland, Phone Booth) that rely more on interesting dialogue rather than action and special effects…well, aside from Bad Company…which can easily be erased from memory. Veronica Guerin is surprisingly gritty and authentic in feel considering it is directed and produced by Hollywood big guns. Cate Blanchett puts in fantastic performance with her portrayal of Guerin and convincingly nails the Irish accent. Stlawart Irish actors Ciarán Hinds and Gerard McSorley also put in solid performances as two criminals instrumental in the death of Guerin.

Minor flaws aside, the story of Veronica Guerin is an important one. It is successful in showing that such strong beliefs and dedication to a cause can have a significant effect on society for the better - even when it ends in tragedy.

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9/12/07 William Goss A fine Cate Blanchett performance can't topple Schumacher's heavy-handed direction. 3 stars
10/02/06 tessa outstanding film !!!!! 5 stars
10/26/05 Katie Evridge Interesting look at the drug problem in Ireland. 3 stars
10/02/05 Caoimhe Amazing.A touching film. 5 stars
5/23/05 susee liked it..well made 5 stars
2/06/05 John T. moving and emotional, i even cried. 5 stars
1/07/05 Landshark Silly in a Harrison's Flowers kind of way 3 stars
10/17/04 Pollo Not original. I've seen this before. 3 stars
3/21/04 Mitch Definitely worth the price of a rental, if only to see Cate & hear Sinead O'Connor! 4 stars
3/04/04 Natalie Stonecipher MOSTLY lucid movie, with worst version ever of "The Fields Of Athenry". 4 stars
3/03/04 LIAM JACKSON just goes to show that when you nose in, you get more than you bargain for. 5 stars
1/16/04 Helen Bradley Blanchett's acting make tjhis a great movie 5 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Blanchett is solid and understated in this slow-moving biopic. 4 stars
11/22/03 orsie what a tear jerkier. the reviewers don'nt have a clue! 5 stars
11/13/03 Rebecca K Excellent!!!!! 5 stars
11/07/03 Cameron Slick An emotional and startling film that with a great performance by Blanchett. 4 stars
10/29/03 Heather It's pretty good although I would have preferred an Irish Director to have done it 4 stars
10/26/03 rory will remeber this 1 for a long time 5 stars
10/18/03 gino wow don't know why i saw it but i'm glad i did. made me cry 5 stars
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