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I enjoy pretty much everything Michael Mann does, but this one tops them all. I've heard some people say there are a lot of slow spots in this movie, but I have to disagree on that one. This film will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. I love how Mann plays out the scenes to give you the feeling he's looking for. It's Pacino's best performance since Scent of a Woman, and Russell Crowe is terrific. Christopher Plummer (from 'A Beautiful Mind') was the perfect man to play Mike Wallace. This is a story about truth, integrity, and the politics of the business world. The ending almost makes you cry. It's a fight for truth. A masterfully told story, excellent camera work, one of the best scripts in a long time, and Lisa Gerrard's score is perfect (remember her from 'Gladiator'?). You can see Michael Mann pays attention to even the smallest details to set the right mood. I can't think of anything I would change in this film - it should have won best picture. This would easily make my top five, and is a must see.
I don't remember why I even saw this film in the first place, because I
don't remember being that interested in it. At the time, a film based on a
60-minutes piece didn't really draw my attention, and I really didn't care
about the whole tobacco issue. If anything drew me to seeing the film it was
Michael Mann, whose Heat is probably my second favorite.
Seeing as how the story was modified for dramatic effect, and how I still don't really care about the whole big tobacco issue, I don't think the importance of the tobacco issue is this film's leading point. This film doesn't really make a statement for me - but it doesn't need to, because it's the best film I've ever seen. Performances, directing, screenplay, cinematography, score - etc. And powerful. I've read some reviews on here citing this film as being drawn-out or boring to the point of falling asleep - some of them might just need to pay a little more attention.
I liked this movie ,
because it was obviously showing , how can media be controlled be others ( powers ) , ...
Today's most media aren't honest in their coverage ,
Most of them hide lots of news , in favor of some lousy powers , which has the political & economical powers that shuts every mouth..
It's sad to have this still happening ....
(Some people won't realize this ... because they can't see OR feel it)
example of these things is :- The conflicts in Middle East , ... Still some major media in US. careful in their coverage ,,, or because it's (Free Media) ... !!!!
NO MORE COMMENTS ...
...... Back to the movie , I think that Russel Crow performance was great as it is in "Beautiful Mind"...
A MUST-SEE MOVIE ,,,
B Y E 4 N O W
If there was ever a film to keep you absorbed through over 150 minutes, it's
this one. Everything was just excellent. It just keeps you in suspense the
entire time and there wasn't a single boring moment.
Brilliant performances by Russell Crowe and Al Pacino. I gotta say, they were robbed of their Oscars. Nobody deserved it more than they did that year.
Michael Mann's direction was superb as usual. Brilliant movie.
A must-see for all smokers (and non-smokers as well) in the world! Great movie, perfectly played by the actors. They had me nailed to my chair for the full length of the film. The rotten thing is though, that it's a true story....
Wow! I didn't smoke for a couple of days after watching this movie.
If you're really serious about quitting; watch this movie every time you're
Besides that: Very nice acting by Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. Tension rises throughout the movie.
Another great movie by my favorite director Michael Mann.
THE INSIDER was a superb film. Even though it was 157 minutes, it still kept my interest throughout. I just have to say that Al Pacino and Russell Crowe were excellent and it most certaintly deserved the seven Academy Award nominations it was given.
Pacino stars as Lowell Bergman, producer of CBS's 60 minutes, who in order to finish a story on the use of tobacco and its effect on the public, must be provided information by an "inside" source. That source is a former tobacco executive, Doctor Jeffrey Wigand(Crowe). Wigand was fired by a large tobacco company and agrees to help Bergman in that the company is using unethical stimulants to make their cigarettes. Dante Spinotti is Mann's director of photography in just about all his movies and he is great. The cinematography of this film was outstanding. I especially liked how they zoomed in on the characters faces when something dramatic in the story occured. You could really see the effect of what was happening on the characters' faces. Once again, Michael Mann used colored lighting, just as he did in the film HEAT and some parts in MANHUNTER. Its usually a dark blue.
Pacino and Crowe were just simply magnificent in their roles and this is a movie that I would watch again and again. Definetly an A for a grade. Highly recommended.
Michael Mann is a true genius. After the brilliant Heat he has once again
made a perfect film in every way. The acting, plot, cinematography, music
and editing are all Oscar worthy. The Insider works, incredibly enough, as
an improvement of All the President's Men. This film could not have been
better. On my TOP-10 all-time list.
Rating - 10/10
(I have registered 1800 votes on imdb, only ten of them got a 10)
Aside from all the other previously mentioned great things about this movie, what I take from it is how corrupt our news media is. They do these bits on how awful corporatons like big tobacco are, which they are, don't get me wrong, but they do the same things themselves. They will sell out the public's safety to save their own asses. CBS would pull a story on health issues if it would hurt the companies that own them. Read the book BIAS by Bernard Goldberg to know more.
An absolute nail-biter of a film, I am so taken that I cannot go into deep, objective analysis. It has great performances all around, great direction, very mature and intellgent screenplay(is it a wonder it flopped?). The ending is not a surprise(as if it matters,as Raymond Chandler once said about mysteries " the really good ones will keep you going even if you knew the last chapter had been torn out", or spoiled in this case), but Mann and company manage to enthrall you anyway, creating an atmosphere so tense you feel as though anything could happen to the characters at any time. The cinematagraphy is excellent, very cool, very artistic. Plus, if you think Russell Crowe is just a hotheaded frat boy with all looks and zero talent, see his turn as Dr.Jeffrey Wigand here. It'll turn you around, it sure did me. Bravo!
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