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Based on a true story, this is about the Irish journalist Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett), a reporter for The Sunday Independent, who exposed some of Dublin's most powerful crime barons and drug lords in 1996. But later that year she was gunned down by assasins hired by the same criminal drug lords she exposed. Written by
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While watching a football match together, Veronica (Cate Blanchett) tells to the "Tattooed Boy" ('Colin Farrell') that "once she met Eric Cantona" (famous football player from the '90s). Blanchett and Cantona worked together in Elizabeth (1998). See more »
When Veronica is shot in the leg as a warning, she is leaving her home to attend a Christmas party. This incident actually took place on 30 January 1995. See more »
Disclaimer in closing credits: "Chris Mulligan is a fictional composite character based in part on several different people, and certain events in which the character is depicted have been fictionalised for dramatic effect." See more »
Written by Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden
Published by Peter Maurice Ltd Co Ltd
Performed by U2
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Limited
Licensed by kind permission from the Film & TV Licensing Division, Part of the Universal Music Group See more »
Moving, unsentimental account of a remarkable woman
This was an extremely moving film, covering the life and death of the remarkable Veronica Guerin.
It would have been easy to sentimentalize this story, but it unfolded in a realistic, down-to-earth fashion that somehow made Guerin's death all the more harrowing.
However, Guerin was not painted as a tragic figure, but was shown throughout as a flawed and all-too-human figure (the incident with the skateboard at her son's party was very telling) who felt that she just HAD to continue with her crusade.
It is impossible to over-praise Cate Blanchett's performance, varying from flirtatious and humorous to passionate and driven.
Not an easy film to watch, but one that I cannot recommend highly enough.
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