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True Story

True Story

Rupert Goold (2015)

99min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This twisting tale of stolen identity and the complexities of "the truth" purports to be as good as its title and faithful to the actual events it depicts. But in the circumstances, who knows? Jonah Hill plays a discredited New York Times journalist who discovers that arrested family-murderer James Franco has been using his name while on the run. For both personal and professional reasons, he determines to find out why, via intensive and extensive prison interviews. The two protagonists are bound in mutual neediness: Hill needs a story, Franco needs an audience, and mind games and manipulation ensue on both sides. Hill, normally the comic buffoon of his movies, is nicely cast against type, while Franco is his usual slick self. The film is a little full of itself, and heavy-handed with the message that there's rarely such a thing as absolute and obvious truth. But it's a good story, quite grippingly told, and worth consideration.

Summary

A disgraced New York Times reporter discovers that an accused killer has assumed his identity, and the resulting investigation turns into a game of cat and mouse. Fact-based drama, starring Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones.

Cast & Crew

Michael Finkel Jonah Hill
Christian Longo James Franco
Jill Barker Felicity Jones
Greg Ganley Robert Burke
Karen Gretchen Mol
Pat Frato Ethan Suplee
MaryJane Longo Maria Dizzia
Tina Alvis Genevieve Angelson
Director Rupert Goold
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Swearing. Released on: 17 Jul 2015

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