“Kill the Messenger” is a movie based on a true story that revolves around Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), who is a journalist for the San Jose Mercury newspaper. He is approached by a mysterious figure that drops some important information regarding the CIA, drug smuggling groups in Central America, and crack epidemic in the United States. This proves to be Webb’s greatest story and biggest curse at the same time. What are the connections and what happens to Webb? You’re going to have to watch “Kill the Messenger” to find out.
This was my first time hearing about “Kill the Messenger,” Gary Webb, and everything surrounding this true story even though I lived in California for a majority of my life. I was immediately pulled into the story and thought it was well-written, but a bit lengthy. There were some scenes that could have been left that didn’t add much to the overall plot. However, Jeremy Renner did an amazing job and thought this was one of the best roles I have ever seen from him. I would recommend watching this movie and can only imagine all the things Webb and his family had to go through during all this madness. For those reasons, I am giving “Kill the Messenger” a “B.”