Plot[ edit ] After being sacked from his job at a museum, former security guard Sam Baily returns to the place with a shotgun and dynamite and takes his former boss Mrs. Banks and a number of children at the museum on a school field trip as hostages. Local television journalist Max Brackett is in the museum using the restroom after an interview with the curator about financial difficulties. He becomes directly involved in the hostage situation, acting as Baily's intermediary to the outside world and the police.
Why doesn't it get something higher? After all, it features a great direction by Costa-Gavras, good performances especially from the lead actorsand an interesting plot.
So why did it not get something like an 8. It occurs to me that a possible reason for a restrained vote might be that many people are perhaps not ready to admit that what is shown in the film is the naked reality: In other words, it is difficult for some to swallow that today the events are not simply portrayed, but are actually shaped by the media, and especially the TV; the news people can make someone a hero, and at the next moment make him a hated man; they can produce a big story out of nothing, and they can sweep a significant event under the carpet without anyone noticing.
Costa-Gavras illustrates this vividly in "Mad City". Sam Travolta has been fired from his job as a security guard in a museum. In desperation, he goes to his employer armed with a gun and explosives, trying to make a pointless request to have his job back.
However, things get out of hand as he accidentally shoots a former colleague, and he decides to take some kids hostage. The above events unfold in front of the eyes of Max Hoffmana TV reporter whose career has flopped, who happens to be there.
Max immediately takes advantage of his golden opportunity, and gets the scoop. Sam follows Max's directions, and the media industry gradually shapes the developments of the saga, with the authorities mainly watching rather than influencing the events.
It may sound exaggerated, but sadly this is how things work today. Publicity is everything, and criminals of all stripes, from naive types such as Sam, to sinister ones, want to use media to convey their message through their deplorable acts; media people, from their side, mainly care to get high ratings, and hence try to exploit such situations towards their own advantage, not the advantage of the general public.
Mad City is a American thriller film directed by Costa-Gavras, written by Tom Matthews based on a story by Matthews and Eric Williams, and starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta, with a supporting cast featuring Mia Kirshner, Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Ted Levine, Raymond J. Barry, and Larry King. This movie gets off to a slow start. To be honest it doesn't build much suspense. It does, however, have a message about modern society. People have a fascination with crisis situations and media personalities feed on that fact like sharks in a frenzy. Nov 07, · “Mad City” arrives with the last thing a movie about journalism needs--last year's news. It's about the media feeding frenzy that erupts when a 2/5.
The result is ugly, and the few exceptions simply confirm the rule. Costa-Gavras has done a great job in portraying this problem through this fictional, yet interesting story.
Both Hoffman and Travolta are very convincing in their roles, the first as the ruthless journalist who starts to see the light, and the second as the confused, victim-cum-criminal. I believe "Mad City" is a movie that one has to view with an open mind.
If this happens, you will never watch the 8 o' clock news in the same angle as before Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. Throughly ordinary, despite good two performances rc 11 January Proof that taking on Big Subjects won't result in a Big Movie without some imagination or originality.
Why has TV become Hollywood's bogeyman for the very late twentieth century? Mad City has an almost identical storyline to Billy Wilder's classic Ace in the Hole, still the best movie about media ethics.Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release Bartertown is a city on the edge of a desert that has managed to retain some technology if no.
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The plot is the same old Tyler Perry dramatic black woman movie, a woman has marital. Why is Mad City rated PG? The PG rating is for depiction of a hostage situation, including violence and brief languageLatest news about Mad City, starring John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Alda and directed by.
Mad City - Official Trailer An orgy of shallow media-bashing, masquerading as a balanced look at the ways the press -- particularly TV news journalists -- shape the perceptions of a gullible public. Nov 07, · “Mad City” arrives with the last thing a movie about journalism needs--last year's news.
It's about the media feeding frenzy that erupts when a museum guard takes hostages. A TV newsman is one of them, the news channels carry the story around the clock, the museum is ringed with cops and cameras, and we get lots of scenes showing the vanity and hypocrisy of anchormen.2/5.
Mad City is a American thriller film directed by Costa-Gavras, written by Tom Matthews based on a story by Matthews and Eric Williams, and starring Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta, with a supporting cast featuring Mia Kirshner, Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Ted Levine, Raymond J.
Barry, and Larry King.