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The Insider (DVD)
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The Insider (DVD)
Date: 06/10/00, updated on 06/10/00 (65 review reads)
Advantages: great acting, strong storyline
Disadvantages: slow-paced, some may find it boring
The Insider is a film about how one lone industry insider, Dr.Jeffrey Wigand, with the help of jounalist Lowell Bergamn, helped to expose the tobacco industry's greed and ruthlessness.
Russel Crowe plays the informant, with Al Pacino as the journalist. I do not call Crowe 'the Insider' because the title of the film is not that obvious. Although at first Crowe plays the 'Insider' when reporting the tobacco barons' malpractice, later Pacino is the Insider when he stuggles to get Crowe's revelations broadcasted.
This film is an excellent film, if you have the patience to keep with it. Michael Mann has eeked up the tension in an almost documentary style, giving us, as far as I know, a realistic interpretaion of the events (not too many filmatic liberties). Some of the shots he has created are also very beautiful, making good use of these two titans of cinema in them.
Crowe and Pacino make a great double act, making this almost a buddy movie, but with balls. Each holds the screen on their own, and when together their screen presence is magnetic. Pacino gives a remarkably restrained performance as a man under pressure, and lets Crowe - also superb as the man who risks his whole world for the moral good - take control when together. But to all you Pacino-yelling fans out there: he DOES have his moments too. I should warn you: this movie can be VERY slow, but stick with it and you will be rewarded.