Religion is an extremely touchy subject these days more than ever. How it is represented or interpreted, particularly by the media, lies within a razor-thin line that can now only be established either as political correctness or religious intolerance. There seems to be just those two interpretations nowadays. This movie. This story. This TRUE story is one of the most disturbing to be uncovered in the history of one particular religious group. (Notice how I said “religious group” and not “religion.” There is a difference.) This is the story of “Spotlight.” The small team of investigative reporters at The Boston Globe that uncovered the biggest scandal in The Catholic Church.
Set in 2001, the newspaper industry is already beginning to feel a chokehold on itself with the soaring popularity and interface of the Internet. When The Boston Globe welcomes a new Editor-In-Chief, Marty Baron (played by Liev Schreiber), he immediately tasks the Spotlight team to look into a swept-under-the-rug accusation of the local Catholic Archdiocese being the subject of several molestation accusations from its youngest parishioners. The results of which uncovers one of the biggest cover-ups in history.
A phenomenal ensemble cast reignites the headline and puts you in their underground office with them. Each character expresses a certain squirmy discomfort regarding the assignment and source material at first, but by the end of the film, everyone is angry and confused over the extremely disturbing results and magnitude of their findings.
Nominated for six Oscars (including Best Picture) and winner of AFI Movie of The Year, “Spotlight” is an emotional juggernaut of a story involving real people from a time not so long ago. A powerful and gripping film with subtle, yet great character development and writing. You will leave the theater frustrated, but only because of the true source material, not from the movie itself.