The subject calls for Sam Fuller’s tabloid profundity, or, keeping with the drone-tone approach, David Fincher’s scalpel-like acuity. Cowriter-director Tom McCarthy is content to do a Xerox gloss on the newsroom scenes from The Wire, in which he himself featured as a corrupt reporter. It’s all very easygoing, competent, and pleasurable. But—given this subject matter, especially—should it be?
March 07, 2016