Veronica Guerin
R
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -3

This docudrama tells the story of Veronica Guerin (Cate Blanchett), the Irish journalist who died in 1996 for her bold resolve to expose those responsible for Dublins disgraceful drug trafficking. Only 38 when brutally gunned down, Veronica uses her considerable charm and openness to get leads for her sizzling newspaper articles from police officials, dealers, punks and victims. When she stumbles onto evidence identifying John Gilligan (Gerard McSorley) as the kingpin, she fearlessly goes alone to his luxurious equestrian center to confront him. The film captures Veronicas energy, enthusiasm and joy for life. She has a loving, supportive husband (Tony Gregory) and young son, a doting mother (Brenda Fricker) and the admiration of colleagues. Veronica Guerin is difficult to watch and probably will not be perceived by the public as entertaining. But Oscar nominations for the film, and Blanchett in particular, may spark more box office interest later.

After a vicious attack lands Veronica in the hospital, her husband asks her if she still wants to continue her pursuit of drug dealers. She replies, I dont want to do this. I have to do it. Such dedication is admirable and certainly rare, even though her role as a wife and mother suffers. The films reality includes filthy language and graphic, gratuitous violence. At Gilligans isolated headquarters, he viciously beats her while screaming disgusting obscenities at her, which only fuels her resolve to continue her writing. Those who dont perform for Gilligan are mercilessly beaten, tortured and murdered. A heartbreaking scene shows small children, some stoned on drugs, playing with used needles littering the sidewalks and streets. Veronica brazenly marches into Johnny Traynors (Ciaran Hinds) strip club, barges in on him in bed with a stripper, and proceeds to question him. With graphic bloody shootings, beatings and torture, and more than 40 obscenities, Veronica Guerin falls way below Previews standards for recommendation.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: Many (10) times mild 2, moderate 8
Obscene Language: Many (43+) times (F-word 30+, S-word 3, other 10)
Profanity: Several (5) times (J 3, C-sake 1, G-sake 1)
Violence: Many times severe and moderate (close-up shootings, bloody killings, torture scenes, knife threats, vicious beatings, fights, kicking, gun and knife threats)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times (pole dancers in strip joint, man and woman in bed covered with sheet)
Drug Abuse: Several times (children playing with used needles, stoned teenagers, drugs openly bought and sold)
Other: Woman makes a difference using her talents as a journalist
Running Time: 98 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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