Movie Reviews for Visually Impaired People
"Insiders," rated "R" and with a running time of about two hours and forty minutes is an intelligent thriller about big business versus the little guy. Al Pacino stars as Lowell Bergman, producer of the CBS show "60 Minutes" and Russell Crowe plays Jeffrey Wyegand, a recently fired executive with the Brown and Williamson tobacco company.
Bergman knows Wyegand has a major news story to reveal about the corruption in the tobacco business. Wyegand is scared for his safety and the safety of his family, but feels compelled to talk to Bergman and get the whole truth out on 60 minutes. Bergman, a man of high integrity, insures complete confidentiality to Wyegand. Wyegand slowly and very cautiously opens up to Bergman, only to find his anonymity compromised and his life rapidly falling apart.
From the visually impaired point of view. The movie begins with a heavily guarded truck driving a blindfolded reporter to a secret hideout for an exclusive interview with the leader of a well known terrorist group. You'll never figure this scene out unless you get lots of descriptions. I think they began the movie with this scene to show how far the 60 Minutes crew would go to get an important story.
Although there are lots of other characters in this film, the movie focuses around Bergman and Wyegand and their voices are very distinct and easy to pick up. This was good. There was lots of dialogue which was also good, although lots of the dialogue was rapid fire so you'll need to stay sharply focused. As most thrillers, even though this one is based on true facts, many of the scenes are fast paced. Lots of scenes quickly jump from one thing to another. On a couple of occasions my sighted assistant had difficulty understanding what was happening and obviously had a hard time describing those scenes to me. You could feel the tension growing as the story unfolded which was good, but there were numerous scenes with just music that continued to build the tension for those who could see. For me however, those scenes were only an interruption of the tension and took away from my enjoyment of the picture.
There were definitely things I missed in this film but going out to this movie was still well worth it. I'll give this one a 6 and encourage you to check it out. It's an interesting one.
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