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Nothing But The Truth

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7.21 h 47 min200815
A edge-of-your-seat political thriller starring Kate Beckinsale (Love & Friendship), Vera Farmiga ( The Conjuring) and Matt Dillon (Crash). Washington DC political journalist Rachel Armstrong writes an explosive story about a government scandal revealing the name of a covert CIA agent. When a special government prosecutor demands she divulge her source, she refuses and struggles to defend herself.
Directors
Rod Lurie
Starring
Kate BeckinsaleMatt DillonAngela Bassett
Genres
SuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Alan AldaDavid Schwimmer
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Signature Entertainment
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3.8 out of 5 stars

288 global ratings

  1. 39% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 26% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 21% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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malReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Three stars
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Enjoyed most of the film. Kate Beckinsale was very good in this film. Her character as a reporter annoyed me a lot. She outs a CIA agent and she doesn’t even care how dangerous it is for the CIA agent as long as she gets her story out. She ruins her family’s life so she can protect her source and why she doesn’t reveal her source is absolutely ludicrous when you eventually find out who it is.
11 people found this helpful
Mark WelshReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
I think many negative reviewers on here got it very wrong
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I would class this movie as a drama (but a good one). It illustrates very well, the fact that in the west, where people think we are free, we certainly are not. The legal/law system and profession which we live under is corrupt and the laws - when it comes to protecting the powerful and corrupt nature of it - are purposefully vague and contradictory. This is not a movie to watch expecting action. It is a movie to stimulate your thought and to see things for as they really are. Kate Beckinsale (ok, ok, the woman is a babe, I admit) plays her character excellently while the "Special Prosecutor" - well, I came away from this movie thinking he was one of the most despicable characters I had ever encountered. I actually felt a special kind of hate for him so I can only HOPE it was good acting by the actor (I forget his name).
"National Security" however isn't what many think it is. It is NOT your security it protects, it is the "State's" security and that "State" is far deeper than the President. It will take out a President when need be (Bill Clinton as an example) and it will keep one in when it wishes (Obama and Trump).
6 people found this helpful
PumpActionPondsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 January 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
The ending is underwhelming and a bit of a cop out
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So the cast is solid, the direction and pacing is quite perfect in it's execution. The story itself isn't all that stimulating but this isn't an action movie with any ticking clock nonsense, it's just a political drama.

The issue with this otherwise fine movie is simply that it sets up the stakes, the flawed characters, etc and then simply fails to deliver any final payoff.

It could have done with maybe just 15 extra minutes to come up with something more. I wanted there to be more tension as the case escalated and the characters dug their political knives into the protagonist. Anyone expecting an ending with some kind of message about the establishment or some statement of intent or a victory over the invisible forces that seem to have ultimate power will be left with an empty feeling.

The film just gets to it's runtime and ends... that's it. The main character may not be willing to give up, but the script writers seem to have, with pathetic copout ending that doesn't really get developed further. The film... just ends.

Perhaps that's a bit more realistic, but this is a movie. It's meant to put forward a story with a message. If it had been a real life story this would have been fine. But in a purely fictional account where you can come up with some emotional payoff... it falls flat.

Everything else made me like this film, but the last 5-10 minutes just undoes it all with you thinking "is that it?!"
2 people found this helpful
The WelkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Powerful indictment of serious failures in American justice
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This is one of those rare creatures in recent decades, a Hollywood film, albeit one that for financial reasons was never released commercially, with a strong narrative, superb acting and a serious point to make. It is no picnic but it gives powerful criticism of an American justice system which seems to prioritise ‘security’ over proper media scrutiny, largely as a cover for political cowardice and dishonesty. In a USA full of Trump’s ‘fake news’, growing inequality, hysterical nationalism and the erosion of democratic norms, it has proved to be all too far sighted. Nations which imprison journalists for publishing the truth are usually those with creaky democratic traditions, high levels of corruption and legal systems which are open to abuse. The USA is now probably much closer to Putin’s Russia or Erdogan’s Turkey than we might wish to believe. Alan Alda’s speech to the Supreme Court is worth viewing for itself as a statement of the values that used to win widespread respect for a once great nation.
2 people found this helpful
LilypopReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Drama
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Beware the caption at the start of the film, there is no 'based on real events' in this film - true that a journalist did get banged up for 12 weeks for refusing to name a source to a Grand Jury but the circumstances were totally different; the outing of a CIA agent was indirectly done by the White House to punish another male journalist for a story relating to Iran Two War, the female journalist knew the other journalist's WH source but never published, the GJ was trying to get at the WH source - almost the complete opposite the morals in this film. The film 'Fair Game' details some of the very complex true-life plot.

However as pure drama the film was excellent especially Kate B performance - far better actress than I imagined. The plot is very tabloid but the acting made up for this. Just a bit of a shame giving the subject matter that the film used a bogus framework to trigger some viewers and thereby undermine any message within.
7 people found this helpful
JackcrackReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 February 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very Good Film
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Reading a few other reviews some people mistakenly believe this is supposed to be a true story, or based on a true story, which it is not. Director Rod Lurie has publicly mentioned that he was inspired by a true story but that the film is nevertheless fiction. Therefore drawing any conclusions or opinions based on this film would be conclusions or opinions based on fiction too.

That said it is a very thought provoking film that will divide most viewers into two categories. Those who support placing journalism above the law and then those who do not. The plot is of course a lot more complex than that, including other important issues like love, devotion, sacrifice, but also career ambitions, loyalty, and of course power and money - and the opposite of each of them depending on what side of the fence you sit.

Without spoiling the film there are no clear 'winners' by the end of the film, but in reality only losers. Frustrating as this may be to some viewers I personally find it very clever and in many ways it made this film what it is. The world is not black and white and we all come across those situations where the right thing to do might in fact be the wrong thing to do, or visa versa, and yet we have to make a decision, take a stand, and live with the consequences.

If you enjoy a film that leaves you with many unanswered questions, or dilemmas to ponder over after the film, then this will be worth your time.
jameskeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a watch for the drama and quality of the acting
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Well acted by all the cast. Interesting predicament and an engaging watch. I cared about the characters and their perspectives were clear and concise, but the ending made the journalist look ludicrous in her determination to have resisted at all, and the fall out for that pointless resistance was tragic. I doubt that the intention of the movie was this, but in order for it not to look that way, it would have had to have been a confidential source other than it turned out to be. In my view, the movie needed to end without giving away the source. I think such a cut would improve the movie.

Another movie that deals with such issues, but more from the perspective of how journalists use confidential sources, is The Insider. The family stresses are more overt and central to the suffering of the main character. The abuses of money and power more sinister. And it is a true story.
Vanessa CarterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 August 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
so bad!
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This film dragged on and the ending was so ridiculous. She promised to keep information secret but told the newspapers and the whole world but didnt say who the source was which resulted in a mother being murdered. So so ridiculous it made me angry!
7 people found this helpful
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