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