An Explosive Movie


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After school is over for the day, I tend to find myself on Netflix, Disney+ or Amazon Prime watching a new movie or a new show. With all of the movies I watch, it is rare to find one that I thoroughly enjoy. However, I recently watched Bombshell, which exceeded all of my expectations. 

Released on Dec. 20, 2019, this movie has a great cast including Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. The film is based on true events happening only three years before the movie was released. 

The movie takes place in the FOX News headquarters during the 2016 presidential election. At the time, FOX News was being questioned for its credibility because certain women were feminists.  

Theron’s character, Megyn Kelly, is an anchor for FOX News. She is given the opportunity to facilitate The 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC). She takes it, however, she asked a controversial question regarding how Donald Trump treated women. Kelly’s credibility was questioned after the RNC, which sparked the conversation of women at FOX News being feminists. 

The film’s plot thickens when Kidman’s character, Gretchen Carlson, another anchor for the company, gets fired for not representing FOX News well enough. She plans to get revenge on the company by suing Roger Ailes, the CEO of FOX News, for sexual harassment. 

After filing a lawsuit on Roger Ailes, the movie continues the story of Robbie’s character, Kayla Pospisil. She is introduced as a strong woman that is eager to work for FOX News, which has been a dream of hers. Her looks get her a good job, however, that job comes at a disturbing cost. 

During her job interview with Ailes, Pospisil struggles to contain Ailes’s sexual desires. At first, it is not forceful and does not seem to be an issue, but Ailes begins to threaten her. Overall, this is a very disturbing, yet impactful, scene as it shows the truth of Ailes’ character and motives. 

After months of silence from the women working at FOX News, confessions defending Carlson’s claim of sexual harassment on Ailes pour out of the workplace. The movie then focuses on Ailes and the last moments of his career at FOX News. We see everything fall apart, and instead of putting up a fight, he officially resigns. 

With great acting performances from Theron, Kidman and Robbie, Bombshell is an intriguing, well made movie that recollects an overlooked event that occurred in FOX News Headquarters just over four years ago. This movie should be remembered, not just because it was a great film, but it can help prevent another event like that from happening again.