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True Story

  • Arts
  • 2015
  • Rupert Goold
  • 95 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Michael FinkelJonah Hill
Christian LongoJames Franco
Jill BarkerFelicity Jones
Greg GanleyRobert Burke
KarenGretchen Mol
Pat FratoEthan Suplee
MaryJane LongoMaria Dizzia
Tina AlvisGenevieve Angelson

Crew

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DirectorRupert Goold

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2015-07-17
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Formats
Colour
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