Mad City (1997)
Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta play a reporter and a security guard, who both wind up at the same music, during just a regular day at work, when things go sour and the security guard ends up unintentionally threatening his boss, taking the kids hostage and shooting his good friend. The reporter sees a story, and so the news crews arrive, and we follow the media frenzy that follows, and how they change not only how the world perceives the security guard, who now only wants to go home and to have all of this undone, but ultimately how the story ends. Initially becoming a relatable working class hero with the people on his side, the media skews his story and turns it into something different entirely.
Sad but true. The absurdity of it all is reflected in the title, and in the characters when they all go full circle, turning one way or the other not just in benefit of their professions but: for greed. For fame. For power. It's the way of the world, and in addition to a pretty suspenseful venture into the reporting world this movie brings forth that message remarkably well. Sad but true...
rated 4/5: fo shizzle