Reviewers below agree that it is well-crafted and does not emphasize the gore. The facts speak for themselves.
From Mark Steyn:
This weekend, Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer’s new film opens across the United States. Gosnell stars Dean Cain, Sarah Jane Morris and Nick Searcy and tells the real-life story of the man who is almost certainly America’s biggest ever mass murderer. In this return visit to The Mark Steyn Show, Ann and Phelim – bestselling authors, film-makers and theatrical producers – talk not only about the movie and visiting Kermit Gosnell in jail and having him sing Jacques Brel songs to them, but about drama drawn from climate-change trials and the Ferguson grand jury, the problems of having your actors decide they’d rather go back to waiting tables, and also the rapidly changing face of Ireland – gay, Muslim, and pro-abortion. And Phelim notes mordantly that, when you’re Irish, wherever you go in the world everybody loves you – until they find out you’re conservative. More.
Here’s a link to the book if you can’t find the film, which may well be the case.
From Father Raymond J. de Souza at the National Post:
In 2011, Gosnell was charged with eight counts of murder in addition to hundreds of violations of Pennsylvania’s abortion laws. The murder charges related to an adult woman, Karnamaya Mongar, who died following an abortion procedure, and seven newborns killed by having their spinal cords severed with scissors after being born alive during attempted abortions. In the May 2013 trial, prosecutors focused on fewer charges to obtain the necessary convictions to send Gosnell away for life. He was convicted of murder (first degree) for three of the infants, and manslaughter for Mongar. Gosnell is in prison for life, having waived his right to appeal in order to avoid the death penalty.
But what was introduced at trial was only the bloody tip of a massive iceberg of killing. An unlicensed physician at the clinic, Steven Massof, 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree murder, murder conspiracy and other charges before Gosnell’s trial. He testified to a grand jury that he snipped the spines of more than 100 babies after seeing them breathe, move or show other signs of life.More.
From Holly Scheer at The Federalist:
In case all of this was not horrifying enough, investigators found the remains of aborted babies stored disrespectfully and unhygienically. Just as the movie showed, in Gosnell’s facility trash bags on the floor, milk jugs, the employee refrigerator, and orange juice containers all contained the remains of dead babies, and a row of jars containing the severed feet cut off of babies occupied a shelf. Gosnell told one of the detectives at this time that 10 to 20 percent of the babies were older than Pennsylvania’s legal age limit of 24 weeks’ gestation—also placing them over viability at the time of their deaths. Monger’s baby was still in the freezer, and 45 babies were removed from Gosnell’s facility, all deceased.
This film isn’t only a movie to see if you’re ardently pro-life. This is a movie for anyone interested in crime, in justice, in health care, and in reform. It’s an exercise in looking at what drives human desperation, but also how evil can hide in plain sight, rubber-stamped by those afraid to disturb the status quo, or worried that any oversight could lessen legal rights.
It’s a story that needs to be told, and in this telling was well-crafted, walking up to the line of where the viewer would need to turn away then pulling back, allowing the full story to be digested. It’s important to assess how these things can happen in plain sight, in an era of legal abortion, when for so long we’ve been told that it’s keeping abortion legal that keeps women safe.
Gosnell’s facility was legal, respected, and terribly unsafe for mothers and babies. If nothing else, this case, this film, and this story should cause people to question who is being served and helped, and who is being hurt by all this. More.
From Michelle Malkin at Townhall:
first reported on this real-life horror story nearly eight years ago, but you’ve probably not heard or read a word about “Gosnell” in the mainstream press, TV news or online. The conspiracy of silence is the result of both malign neglect and active suppression of inconvenient truths: …
–Pro-abortion censors at crowdsourcing giant Kickstarter banned McAleer and McElhinney from raising money for the project — leading small donors across the country to help conduct the largest-ever crowdfunded movie on Indiegogo. (Full disclosure: I put my money where my principles are and donated three times, in addition to using my social media platforms to lend a hand.)
–Taxpayer-supported National Public Radio refused to run sponsored ads describing Gosnell as an “abortionist” because its legal department determined the accurate description violated the left-leaning network’s “value neutral” platform. LOL.
–And this past week, Facebook banned advertising for the movie — a continuation of its systemic crackdown on conservative speech. More.
From Jonathan Lange at The Federalist:
Opening statements in Gosnell’s trial were held on March 18, 2013. He was charged with more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s law requiring a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, and 24 counts of illegal abortions after the child’s viability outside the womb. However, none of these illegal abortions counted toward his title as America’s biggest serial killer. He was convicted of multiple murders because of his practice of having his nurses deliver alive-and-healthy babies later killed either directly or by neglect.
His defenders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sought to portray him as merely a sloppy practitioner of partial-birth abortion. That procedure kills the baby after it is mostly, but not quite completely, delivered from its mother. Gosnell couldn’t be bothered to observe that fine distinction. After all, if it is legal to kill a baby a few centimeters and a few seconds before birth, what magically makes it illegal a few feet and a few minutes after birth?
The most sensational trial of a serial killer in the history of America had virtually no reporters in the court room. The biggest crime since 1893 could not be covered because the reporters could not say why it was wrong. More.
From John Ellis at PJ Media:
An important tactic of the filmmakers was focusing on the events of the trial and not allowing “Gosnell” to become an overt pro-life propaganda piece. You see, it doesn’t need to be. Even though the characters assert throughout the film that abortion is not on trial, the viewer knows that it is. And this is why the MSM is mostly silent about this excellent movie, and why you should go see it. Taking on abortion in such a powerful and artistically excellent way poses a grave threat to the MSM’s love of the leftist agenda. More.
Reality check: You may not need to see the film. In the age of euthanasia, we are all “the fetus” and you may see the story happening to “official” human beings, courtesy a progressive health care system. And the media will be covering a fake hate crime somewhere.
This just in: “Gosnell” Movie Profiling Serial-Killer Abortionist Breaks Top 10 Nationally Despite Media Blackout: “Despite a media blackout and virtually no coverage outside conservative media circles, the new movie “Gosnell” made the list of top 10 movies across the United States over the weekend. Coming in at the #10 spot, Gosnell came in ahead of other movies with much wider releases — as the film is appearing in just 673 theaters nationwide.”
Does any reader know where it is showing in Canada?
See also: Mark Steyn on the Gosnell movie: “This is a remarkable moment in American life: A man is killing actual living, gurgling, bouncing babies on an industrial scale – and it barely makes the papers.”
Euthanasia breaks down organ transplant firewall: