Friday, March 4, 2016

Truth (2015)

Director: James Vanderbilt. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach, Dermot Mulroney. 125 min. Rated R. Australia/USA. Biography/Drama.

The flip side of Spotlight. A movie that chooses the honorable subject of journalism, but then misses every target. The "Killian documents scandal" of 2004, when '60 Minutes' tried to prove Bush went AWOL during his service in the National Guard, with documents later proven to be forgery. The subject is irrelevant today (Bush won the presidency anyway), the screenplay is boring, and a great ensemble of actors (a ploy that worked perfectly fine in Spotlight) are just wandering around, waiting for their next scene. Hence, the message of "exposing the truth at all costs" never lifts off the ground.

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