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Hacks (2012)

TV Movie  |  Comedy  |  1 January 2012 (UK)
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Once the tea girl Kate Loy is now the ruthless editor of scurrilous red top the Sunday Comet,owned by greedy Australian media magnate Stanhope Feast. The paper will stop at nothing for its ... See full summary »

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Stanhope Feast
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Kate Loy
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Ray (as Phil Davis)
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Oliver
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Zoe
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Sandra Bryant MP
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Once the tea girl Kate Loy is now the ruthless editor of scurrilous red top the Sunday Comet,owned by greedy Australian media magnate Stanhope Feast. The paper will stop at nothing for its grubby scoops including hacking into newsworthy people's phones though Kate gets off the hook following an early accusation by helping the police wire-tap criminals. Feast and his wife and son Connor arrive in England to offer the prime minister media support in exchange for an exclusive television deal but by now the claims of hacking will not go away and Kate and the Feasts are summoned to a commons commission. This leads to Connor selling out his father,Kate resigning and the paper closing though Kate and old time reporter Ray have one last edition to print as an act of revenge. An end title explains the fates of the protagonists,many of whom ended up in prison. Written by don @ minifie-1

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They've got a hit!
1 January 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

With stories taken right out of the NewsCorp phone hacking scandal, "Hacks" is a TV movie (40-odd minutes) based on the running of a British tabloid, that hits the mark and then stamps on it.

Fast-paced dialogue and quick cuts make the movie seem like it has action and purpose, which it ultimately does, even though most of it is exposition. The writing is very sharp and the satire keeps on coming.

It's much more serious than initially appears and, though it is a comedy, it slips into drama a few times. Being just 40 minutes long means it doesn't outstay its welcome and takes itself as serious as spying on celebrities should be. "They're celebs. If they have a publicist, it's fair game".

The cast is amazing, with Claire Foy and Michael Kitchen doing amazing work.

It's January 1st and 2012 is already looking good thanks to "Hacks". The only downside is that it will get dated very soon. In a few months, maybe a year, the deeper meaning will be lost and the movie will seem trivial. Nevertheless, it deserves more.


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