A fictionalised account of a true story, it’s based on the 60 mins segment about Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a whistleblower in the tobacco industry covering the personal struggles of him and CBS producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) as they defend his testimony against efforts to discredit and suppress it by CBS and Wigand’s former employer.
The film has a wonderful cast. Russell Crowe’s portrayal of Jeffrey Wigand is phenomenal, he gives a powerhouse performance. It’s one of Crowe’s best roles. Al Pacino is sensational as Lowell Bergman along with Christopher Plummer who portrays 60 mins host Mike Wallace.
Director Michael Mann (Heat, Manhunter) delivers a well paced compelling film. The screenplay by Mann and Eric Roth is excellent and brilliantly written. The cinematography by Dante Spinotti is perfectly shot with great editing by William Goldenberg, Paul Rubell and David Rosenbloom. These elements of what makes a perfect film.
The Insider is a brilliant film. Remarkably made with stellar performances, a flawless script and perfectly shot. It’s one of my favourite films. A must see.
Rating: 5/5 Stars