‘Veronica Guerin’ wows

By Jessie Kuenzel
Staff Writer

Students who showed up to the screening of “Veronica Guerin,” hosted by The Simmons Voice last Wednesday, left feeling both inspired and pensive.
The biopic depicts the life and death of Irish journalist Veronic Guerin, who became famous from her hard-hitting investigative pieces about drug lords in Ireland.

Guerin, played by Cate Blanchett in the film, was only 37 when she was murdered on June 26, 1996, after she began investigating a prominent and powerful drug trafficker.

It’s a powerful story, and it relays an even more powerful message. Guerin lived and died for her work; she knew who and what she was investigating could potentially get her killed, but she was determined to keep at it because the stories needed to be told.

The film is inspiring whether audiences are aspiring journalists or not. Guerin’s is a story about perseverance in the face of opposition and danger; it’s about standing up for what you believe in, and fighting for what’s right.

The movie is well-done, and tells a difficult story with grace and good taste. It doesn’t have a fairytale ending—it might even make you cry—but it’s definitely worth a watch.