Nothing But the Truth (2009)

Who was your source?
— Patton Dubois

It is a tragic story about the fate of Nothing But the Truth. It played in couple of theaters in New York and LA at the end of last year before the producing company, Yari Film Group went bankrupt. Thus, sent the film in limbo. It’s in limited release now, and we’ll go to DVD soon. Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga were nominated from their performances in the movie at the Critics Choice Awards.

The story centers around Rachel Armstrong (Beckinsale), a reporter for a local Washington, D.C. newspaper, exposing a CIA operative Erica Van Doren (Farmiga) to the world in her column after there was an assassination attempt on the president’s life.

The story is published to wide response to the media and the government who detains Rachel if she doesn’t reveal her source that leaked secret intelligence to her. Patton Dubois (Matt Dillon) gives Rachel chance after chance to reveal her source, which she denies disclosing.

She is thrown in jail for contempt of court until she reveals her source. Her unwillingness to disclose her tears a wedge between her husband, Ray (David Schwimmer) and her young son, Timmy (Preston Bailey).

A couple of attorneys, Avril Aaronson (Noah Wyle) and Alan Burnside (Alan Alda) try to get Rachel out of jail.

When I saw the trailer for this movie, I was intrigued that it would be a solid thriller. The first part of the movie was intense, I loved it. When an irrevocable action takes place in the middle of the movie, I was taken out. I did not have sympathy for Rachel and her plight. She deserved every action that was dealt to her. The ending was so stupid. It didn’t make sense. I was shaking my head, pissed at this movie.

The performance were fine. Kate was fine. Vera was good in this movie. Noah Wyle was atrocious. Why was he in the movie?

My judgment: Watch the first hour of this movie and leave. You will thank me for it.

My rating: **

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About Branden

Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on January 24, 2009, in 2009, Crime, Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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