Mad City (1997)

“Jeez, I sent you to cover a piece of fluff, and you come back with a hostage situation.”- Lou Potts

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Nov 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A reporter sent to do an interview at a museum ends up getting involved in a hostage situation.

My Take on it – This is a movie with a nice idea that just never manages to work.

The idea of sensationalist news is not a new concept, but this film looks at it from an enjoyable perspective.

The question between the chicken and the egg is very relevant here due to the way that one can look at a news story from various perspectives.

Is the reporter there to record the event or is the reporter there to help fan the flames of a situation in order to turn it into an event?

This movie has a great cast with Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Alan Alda, Robert Prosky and Mia Kirshner are all great here yet they unfortunate can’t help make things more entertaining because something seems missing the whole way through which would help make the characters and the situation feel much more realistic.

The dialogue works well in helping to establish the situations, but that too feels a bit limited in the way it all plays out.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The pastor in the news montage is an actual pastor of the church where the filming took place for his brief interview. The crew was filming, he was watching and was talking with one of the assistant directors, who then invited him to appear in the movie. He had no prior acting experience. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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