Film / Veronica Guerin

Veronica Guerin is a 2003 Irish biographical crime film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role. The film focuses on Irish journalist Veronica Guerin, whose investigation into the drug trade in Dublin led to her murder in 26 June 1996 by drug lords, an event which helped establish the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Tropes included:

  • Actor IS the Title Character
  • Based on a True Story
  • Bittersweet Ending: Veronica is dead, but her murder has brought about the establishment of the Criminal Assets Bureau and those responsible for her death are eventually arrested.
  • Country Matters: Gilligan repeatedly screams "cunt!" at Veronica as he hits her.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Aside from beginning with a depiction of Guerin's murder, her fate should be known to anyone who knows her story.
  • Hot Scoop: Veronica
  • How We Got Here: The movie begins with a depiction of Guerin's murder, then flashes back to two years earlier, when she began her work investigating the drug trade.
  • Idiot Ball: Not that Guerin deserved to be beaten, but what was she thinking going to confront an Irish mob boss on her own?
  • Intrepid Reporter: Guerin continues to investigate despite the danger, determined to bring down the gangsters bringing drugs into the city.
  • Irish Accents
  • The Irish Mob
  • Sad Times Montage: After Veronica is killed, we get one of everyone—her coworkers, her mother, her husband and child—learning of her death.
  • Scenery Gorn: Aside from the realistic depiction of urban and suburban life, the film doesn't hesitate to delve into the slums of Dublin.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Gilligan beats Veronica and it's implied he's hit his wife and mistress as well.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Gilligan outright threatens Veronica's son if she doesn't stop her work.