True Detective fans have been quick to note the HBO drama’s sophomore slump this year. The new season, which boasts Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn, and Colin Farrell as its stars, has been getting a host of mixed, mostly negative reviews from critics and viewers alike.
USA Today’s Kelly Lawler writes, “Oh, True Detective. Every Sunday I sit down, hoping for more from you than you will ever give me. At this point I shouldn’t be disappointed in you so much as I should be disappointed in myself,” while Variety’s Brian Lowry notes, “‘Hate watch’ is a rather ugly term, but it’s a fair appraisal of the feelings harbored by many who brought high hopes to the project.”
So perhaps there’s a solution to be found in McAdams’ newest role. Based on a true story, the film Spotlight follows a team of journalists at The Boston Globe who uncovered a massive child molestation scandal within the Catholic Church in 2002.
“When you’re a poor kid from a poor family and a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal. How do you say no to God?” one informant asks the writers in the newly released trailer.
Though McAdams’ Sacha Pfeiffer is a writer, not a police detective, working with a team of fellow reporters, including Mark Ruffalo’s Michael Rezendes, Michael Keaton’s Robby Robinson, and John Slattery’s Ben Bradlee Jr., the film has a similar vibe to the award-winning HBO series.
Both of the actress’ characters are trying to uncover the truth in a web of lies, while being stonewalled at every turn.
“I am here because I care,” McAdams as Sacha says in the Spotlight trailer. “We’re going to tell this story, and we’re going to tell it right.”
The film, which was written and directed by Tom McCarthy (Up), isn’t set to come out until Nov. 6, but hopefully it will give some True Detective fans a light at the end of the never-ending tunnel that has been Season 2.
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