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Spotlight Review

By YusuF on February 19, 2016

Written and Directed by Tom McCarthy, this procedural drama based on real life incidents, bases itself not on sensationalising the abuse but more on the horrors involved in its discovery and release.

Its more about the subtlety with which McAdams deals with the victims, urging them to come out with their stories. Its about the emotional investment by Ruffalo in trying to uncover the truth. Its about the dogged stubbornness which Keaton puts in to unabashedly pressurize old contacts to reconfirm stories. Its about the subtle push which the new boss, Liev Schreiber gives the team to pursue a forgotten story resulting in the editor, John Slattery asking ‘you want to sue the Church?’

“If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one,” a dialogue by the paranoid lawyer of the victims, played effortlessly by Stanley Tucci, gives one only a slight insight, into the real horrors that that victims had to undergo, frighteningly shown in the film too, by a victim.

The music by Howard Shore only accentuates the entire mood of the film, where cinematography by Masanobu Takayanagi presents Boston not only as the victim but also as a perpetrator.

I believe, McCarthy spent a lot of time during research for the subject of the film, along with co-writer Josh Singer, not only because the subject was so vast, but also to get the accuracy of their facts right. Justifiably so.

Definitely one of the best films of the year, proving yet again, that thrillers do not need fast paced chases to be entertaining. They need content and tension, to keep the pressure going.

Does it have The Y Factor             :               YES

Rating                                             :               4/5



  • Script
  • Performances
  • Music


Direction - 4/5
Storyline - 4/5
Music - 4/5
Acting - 4/5


YusuF Poonawala, a Senior Vice President with a multinational travel company, authors The Y Factor purely out of his passion for movies and writing. The intent behind The Y Factor is purely to assess movies based on the perception of a paying audience, rather than paid critics.

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