FEA­TURE FLICK

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Look Local -

JOG­GING past the im­pos­ing gates of Aquinas Col­lege be­fore writ­ing this re­view, I no­ticed the words em­bla­zoned there: Ver­i­tas Vincit. Truth Pre­vails.

Hmmm, when you’ve seen James Van­der­bilt’s Truth, you will won­der what the chief pro­tag­o­nists Mary Mapes and Dan Rather might make of that ideal.

Mapes is a name that may be less than fa­mil­iar to you, de­spite award-win­ning work on sem­i­nal sto­ries such as Abu Ghraib.

Rather, how­ever, is in a whole dif­fer­ent cat­e­gory, hav­ing an­chored CBS Evening News for more than two decades.

It all starts so well for Mapes (Blanchett). Af­ter break­ing the Abu Ghraib abuse story, it looks like she can do no wrong.

How­ever, eu­pho­ria is quickly re­placed by para­noia and panic, as doubts are raised on the au­then­tic­ity of doc­u­ments used.

Van­der­bilt’s in­ter­est is in the machi­na­tions and nu­ance of the jour­nal­is­tic in­dus­try and what makes news­rooms tick.

This is both the film’s strength and weak­ness. The con­text is un­doubt­edly grounds for spec­u­la­tion, drama and in­trigue. It gives Truth a cer­tain pre­science that is not ex­ploited by any mea­sure.

In­stead, we have the drama of the build-up to the broad­cast and de­tails of the net­work pol­i­tics that then come into play. TRUTH (M) DI­RECTED BY: James Van­der­bilt STAR­RING: Cate Blanchett, Robert Red­ford, Den­nis Quaid Three stars RE­VIEW: Martin Turner In cine­mas now

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