Veronica Guerin (2003) Review

Based on a true story about Irish journalist Veronica Guerin who was a reporter for The Sunday Independent and exposed some of Dublin’s most powerful crime barons and drug lords in 1996, ending her life in tragedy being gunned down by assassins hired by the criminals she had exposed.


Veronica Guerin wanted nothing more than to improve everything in Ireland and stop the drug lords from making everything worse. That came at the ultimate price though and the way the film opens is actually the closing and final scene, it all comes full circle as we are told the story to get to the point of her being murdered. Quite an interesting way to set the film up and go through everything she had went through.

It really is a difficult watch knowing that the outcome is so utterly horrible and tragic, seeing how utterly passionate she was about not only exposing the truth but felt it her duty to the people to expose everything for a newspaper. Putting herself at risk but also her husband and young son, giving scenes of dancing and football to really tug at the heartstrings more on everything that would be taken away with her life.

This is easily Cate Blanchett’s film and she gives everything in that role, other than her performance the story could have been shown in a slightly better way as it just felt as though it was lacking something major to push it to the next level. Given the Irish background we are given a good core of Irish actors alongside her Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker and Ciaran Hinds were the standouts.

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