Pros: Brilliant performances by Russell Crowe, Al Pacino and Christopher Plumber. Riveting plot, intelligently suspenseful thriller.
Cons: Possibly the opening of the movie, but otherwise NONE.
I have watched many movies lately, and "Insider", based on a true story, is truly the most rivetting as of yet. During the first 5-10 minutes, I almost turned it off, since there were scenes of a news reporter interviewing some "Ayatollah" type guy, and I had not signed up for a "war" related movie, but rather one about investigations and lawsuits regarding the big tobacco companies. But happily, it soon arrived at its destined plot, and I was glued to my couch for over 2 and one half hours. Russell Crowe plays a chemist for one of the big tobacco companies, Jeffrey Wigand, who has just been fired. He is promptly reminded of his oath of loyalty to the company and sternly warned to keep quiet about everything he knows....to the extent of threatening him and his family. Al Pacino is a producer for "60 Minutes" who wants Crowe to divulge secrets about the risks of tobacco and the dishonesty of CEO's of these companies Irate about his firing, Crowe agrees to help CBS blow open some of the most damning information these companies have long denied. What keeps the viewer glued is that just as one hurdle has been passed, the bar is risen again. I will not soon forget this compelling thriller about investigative journalism based on honesty, values, and the idea that no matter how hard one fights, and how much he has lost for that fight, he may still lose.