This movie is a stong one, thereby earning 4 Icees out of 5. Although a majority of the movie seems to be based in fact, there is a firestorm over one thing that is portrayed in the movie, but more about that later.
This movie is about the 1996 bombing at Centennial Park in Atlanta right before the Olympics started. When I saw that the movie was Rated R, I thought that would be due to very graphic or bloody scenes, but that is not the case. It must be more about the language, because I’ve seen more blood on regular TV than I saw in this movie.
I think that Paul Walter Hauser does an amazing job of portraying the title character. How accurate that portrayal is, nobody except those who knew Richard can say, but I believe his performance is very believable, as is the always good Kathy Bates.
Oliva Wilde does a good job of playing Kathy Scruggs, but unfortunately one important scene in the movie has stirred quite a controversy. You can check it online if you’d like because to tell you what it was here would be a spoiler. Suffice it to say her name is the lead in the byline that named Richard as the focus of the FBI investigation. Anything beyond that may or may not be Hollywood taking its usual liberties.
The FBI agents were portrayed a little too cartoony in my opinion, and I don’t know how close to accurate that portrayal was.. but something tells me it wasn’t quite like that.
All-in-all this is a good movie that I would recommend to all, just know that although the movie is based on a true and tragic story, Hollywood often takes liberties so do some research before you form strong opinions about the major players involved.
There is some information that is given shortly before the credits start, but nothing after that.