The Insider

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For a behind the scenes look at the capabilities of the media and big business, see The Insider. In this true story, Russell Crowe plays Jeffery Wigand, an employee of the Brown and Williams Tobacco Company. He soon realizes that Brown and Williams add chemicals to their cigarettes, thus making them more addictive. Wigand is not only fired when he questions the practices of the company, but also threatened when he declines to sign a more binding non-disclosure form. The producer of 60 minutes, Lowell Bergman, played by Al Pacino, convinces Wigand to do an interview with Mike Wallace. Brown and Williams finds out about the interview and promises to sue CBS if they air it, so CBS puts pressure on 60 minutes and they decide to do the story without the interview. This film is both complex and compelling. Russell Crowe does a terrific job and Pacino is his usual dependable self. My major complaint is that we already knew that cigarettes are bad for u s, but sitting almost 3 hours in a theater and drinking a large coke isn’t great either. This movie doesn’t drag, but it definitely could have been streamlined. If it had been shorter I would have given it something higher than a B rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
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