Michael Mann is a celebrated film maker but he has never really resonated with me. Most of his films which are applauded have left me underwhelmed. The Insider, however, is his masterpiece. It makes everything else he's ever made seem like daytime television. The Insider is the true story of Jeffrey Wigand, a whistleblower against a giant tobacco corporation. Approached by a renowned producer at 60 Minutes, his story unfolds in a really scary way. Up against an assault of personal threats, slander & prosecution he fights for what he believes to be a moral obligation. The performances are incredible with Al Pacino and Russell Crowe headlining a stellar cast. Crowe was nominated for an Oscar for this role and he was robbed when he didn't get it. I suspect the Academy knew it too because the following year they awarded him for his performance in the mediocre film Gladiator. I still consider that win to be for The Insider. Its scary stuff to take on some of the world's biggest corporations and hat's off to Mann & co for having the balls to produce such a strong and indicative story. This is easily Michael Mann's best film and (imo) it's also the performance of Crowe's career.