We saw Spotlight on Friday.
The film tells the story of the Boston Globe’s investigation of the priest abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.
You won’t see a better film this year. It is a good respite from all the Star Wars chatter.
Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo have become actors that will get me into a movie house, no matter what film they are in.
There is a scene in the movie when the the newspapers investigative team has gotten the goods on a few abusive priests.
A few bad apples.
Liev Schreiber, who plays Marty Baron, the newly arrived Jewish editor whose motivation is suspect among Boston’s leading Catholics, tells the team not to go with the story yet.
Mike Rezendes, played by Ruffalo, asks Keaton’s Robby Robinson, the head of the team, “Why are we hesitating? Baron told us to get Law (Boston’s Catholic Cardinal). This is Law.”
Says Keaton,”Baron told us to get the system. We need the full scope. That’s the only thing that will put an end to this.”
It is hard to imagine anyone sitting in a movie theater in Chicago not thinking about the current crisis in our city following the release of the Laquan McDonald video.
Jason Van Dyke is the cop who shot Laquan sixteen times. At least six other cops on the scene lied about what happened.
Those in power don’t want the investigation to go beyond that.
They want us to believe it was a few bad apples.
Each new video of a police shooting seems to be treated as a unique event.
But we need to get the system. We need the full scope. That’s the only thing that will put an end to this.