Al Pacino powers his way through this incendiary real-life thriller as American TV producer Lowell Bergman. He persuades fired tobacco industry scientist Jeffrey Wingard (Russell Crowe) to blow the whistle on the dodgy dealings of his former bosses.

But then Bergman’s colleagues (including Christopher Plummer’s TV anchorman Mike Wallace) get cold feet, a ruthless smear campaign is launched and both the men’s futures are on the line…

Director Michael Mann’s dynamic true story drama stokes up some scintillating sparks from its two contrasting stars. Pacino’s blustering charisma and Crowe’s brooding anxiety are a riveting combination and the white hot script blasts into its big business targets with a merciless precision.

Taut, intelligent and completely addictive.