Truth

OUT MARCH 4 / CERT. 15 / 125 MINS.

Empire (UK) - - IN CINEMAS - HOH

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.

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