"Intellignet and Bold with Outstanding Performances"
This is a film that wins on both style and content.It should be commended first of all for bringing to the public eye once again the hypocracy that surrounds the tobacco industries as well as the conflict of interests involved in corporate owned media. Not only do the issues remain in focus, they are well-explored and in an engaging way. Al Pacino and Russell Crowe give stellar performances. Pacino is smooth and energized while Crowe draws both our sympathy and admiration as he suffers again and again for the simple, honest reason of wanting to do the right thing. These are definitely heroes for the nineties (and even into the next millenium) and since they are based on actual people, their power is ten-fold. The dialogue is smooth and motivational. I found myself muttering "yessss!" after some particulary well-done monologues. Despite the length and some akward soundtrack moments, the movie is worth its ticket price. News-style visuals work well for the most part. The camera keeps you glued to the sceen with some great handhelds, rack focus shots, and some amazing point of views that put you right in the picture.A solid work.