Spotlight (2015), starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci; directed by Tom McCarthy, co-written by Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
“Sometimes it's easy to forget that we spend most of our time stumbling around the dark. Suddenly, a light gets turned on and there's a fair share of blame to go around. I can't speak to what happened before I arrived, but all of you have done some very good reporting here. Reporting that I believe is going to have an immediate and considerable impact on our readers. For me, this kind of story is why we do this.”
- Marty Baron, editor for The Boston Globe, speaking to the Spotlight team of reporters
The story of the sexual abuse cover-up scandal of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston could easily be an exploitive one to put on film. It might have slammed Christian faith itself as something naive, or it could have been a film that gave Protestant denominations easy reach to criticize Catholicism. But as we will see, there is more to this than “just religion.”
When a spotlight is shone upon something in the darkness, it exposes that thing to the light. This is an obvious thing to say, of course, and speaking quite basically one probably understands the what this sort of experience is. However, how one understands the revealed thing may not be so readily apparent. Perhaps things were being built in the darkness for a long time before the light was cast upon the space where the building-up occurred. So, while one sees by the light, it may well be possible that one's initial glance may also take some longer time to examine what they now see, so as to have the best understanding of the exposition that they can.