Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Drama,Thrillers Nothing But the Truth (2008)

Nothing But the Truth (2008)

Nothing But the Truth is available on DVD.

     Rachel Armstrong is another idealistic newspaper reporter looking to “blow the lid off” another blockbuster cover-up in Washington D.C.  Nothing But the Truth, written and directed by former film critic Rod Lurie (The Contender), is a fictional story, but it is inspired by actual events that occurred in 2003. An all-star cast of big screen and small screen performers combined with a gripping story makes Nothing But the Truth a very satisfying viewing experience.

     Rachel (Kate Beckinsale, Underworld) writes a story that revels that soccer mom Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga, The Departed) is actually an undercover CIA agent. As soon as the papers hit the street, Rachel is rushed into court by special government lawyer Patton Dubois (Matt Dillion) to reveal her source. Rachel refuses to tell who gave her the information. When Dubois proves to be too much for the newspaper’s lawyer Avril Aaronson (Noah Wyle, TV’s ER), he and Rachel’s editor Bonnie Benjamin (the lovely Angela Bassett) bring in Alan Burnside (wonderfully played by Alan Alda), an expert in these types of cases to take over. When Rachel still does not give up her source, she is sent to jail. Rachel, separated from her husband Ray (David Schwimmer, TV’s Friends) and her son Timmy (Preston Bailey, TV’s Dexter), begins to question if she is doing the right thing. Even as her life and that of Erica’s begins to crumble, Rachel sticks to her ideals and does not admit who her source is.

     Rod Lurie, a self-confessed political junkie, gives the viewer a compelling, straight-forward story that does not get bogged down with a lot of unnecessary plot twists that are supposed to generate suspense but only cause confusion. When Rachel’s source is finally revealed in the final scene, you’ll be surprised and glad that Lurie used some imagination. Erica’s final scene is also a shocker. Well done, Rod!

     The performances of Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga are wonderful. They both convey their emotions is such a way that it makes it easy for the audience to connect with them and feel what they are feeling. Matt Dillion is also excellent as a heart-less lawyer. You really want to see him get what is coming to him.

     The next time you’re in the video store and you’d like to see something off the beaten track, check out Nothing But the Truth. You won’t regret it. I wouldn’t lie to you!

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