There is a reason why Hollywood wanted NOTHING to do with this film. It’s not because Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer is terrible, it’s because the film eviscerates one of progressive Hollywood’s largest cash cows industries…abortion. Abortion is without a doubt a hot topic issue, you have either considered it to be murder or a matter of a woman’s right to choose with no wiggle room in between. While there are undoubtedly pro-life voices behind the making of this film (A film that was completely crowdfunded BTW), this isn’t a pro-life lecture but a look at the real-life story of Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor who was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of killing three babies after they were born alive. Now if you believe that an unborn child isn’t a ‘life’ then the official number is 3 babies, however, after watching this movie, you may be able to make the case that number is in the thousands.
Gosnell begins with two Philadelphia Detectives (Dean Cain & Alonzo Rachel) on the verge of a massive prescription drug bust, the duo leads a raid of an abortion doctor suspected of giving out fraudulent drug prescriptions, but what they discover is the horror of an abortion clinic run under completely unsafe and hazardous conditions such as nurses who lack the proper training to give aid and hundreds of discarded dead babies bagged up scattered everywhere. The police believe they have a solid case for murder, however, nobody wants to bring an abortion doctor up on murder charges due to the bad optics. The film becomes an intense legal battle that involves details so sickening, it’s made even worse by the fact, it is all true.
As stated earlier, there is a reason why nobody in Hollywood wanted to distribute this film. Gosnell even exposed the fact that the media had no interest whatsoever in covering the trial. There is an argument to be made about why banning abortion could lead to the conditions portrayed in this film thus making the case on why that may not be a good idea no matter what side of the aisle you are on. When it comes to Hollywood however, they don’t just endorse abortion, they celebrate it. They spend millions of dollars to fund organizations to run abortion clinics. The dirty little secret about abortion is that as much as people talk about it as ‘women’s healthcare’, no one ever talks about the procedure of that ‘choice’, and there is a reason for that.
Gosnell does not spare the gory details about how his clinic went about terminating a life and the real-life details are not for the faint of heart. The abortion itself turns out to be the least disturbing part of the story, the heart-wrenching reality is what he did to babies who survived outside of the womb and the horrible conditions those babies that survived endured until their deaths. The stories about this case will make even the strongest voices of the pro-choice camp change their tune (which is what legitimately happened to many prosecutors involved in this case). That’s why a film like this is so dangerous to Hollywood, it is indeed powerful enough to change minds and it can’t be discredited as propaganda because it’s all true.
Credit where credit is due, for a film that was crowdfunded, the filmmaking was handled by passionate people who gave it a very professional look given its scale. The standout performances here come from Earl Billings and Sarah Jane Morris as they sell the story with their emotions and reactions to what is happening around them. Gosnell isn’t a film that gets on its soapbox because the soapbox isn’t needed. The story that is told here shows audiences the uncomfortable truth that no one wants to discuss. By watching this Gosnell, you may still be pro-choice, but you can’t no longer claim not to know what happens behind closed doors.