OUT MARCH 4 / CERT. 15 / 125 MINS.
DIRECTOR James Vanderbilt CAST Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach, Dermot Mulroney
If last month’s Spotlight showed us what great journalism can achieve, Truth is a counterpoint demonstrating the pitfalls that the modern profession faces. Blanchett is prickly 60 Minutes news producer Mary Mapes, a protégée of legendary anchorman Dan Rather (Robert Redford). In the run-up to the 2004 election she finds evidence that George W. Bush may have skipped part of his National Guard service, and rushes the story to the screen at the network’s behest. But her sources are shaky and Mapes’ career comes under threat. The film asks some valuable questions, and the performances are as good as one would expect of this cast, but ironically it fails to really interrogate its own source (Mapes’ account), making it a one-dimensional affair.