The Insider ★★★★★

It's been a while since I've rewatched it. One of Al Pacino's finest performances as 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman, a man pinned between a rock and a hard place when his latest story threatens corporate interests against everything else, including public health issues and big tobacco companies. Jeffrey Wigand is the insider. A scientist recently fired from his job as research executive in charge of the nicotine addiction business. Russell Crowe plays Wigand as the tight ass he was and as an ordinary man that obviously doesn't like to be pushed around. This is Mann's finest hour behind the cameras. Perfectly calibrated scenes of quiet anger and tension. That cuasi operatic music score that makes us feel a bruised soul of men trying to do right in a David vs Goliath scenario. A brilliant behind the scenes look of when corporate giants collide. This is a war movie, almost. When Wigand says "Fuck it. Let's go to court" the film springs to life in that inimitable Mann way on its way to battle until the end. Fine work from Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora and even bit parts by veterans Bruce McGill and Wings Hauser, that shouting match in that little courtroom in Mississippi still is scary stuff.

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