"Truth" stars Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, and Dennis Quaid. Released on October 16, 2015, the film focuses on the final days of CBS news anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes that involved the Killian documents controversy.
The film features the directorial debut of James Vanderbilt, who is also a screenwriter for films such as Zodiac, The Rundown, and The Amazing Spider-Man. It is based on the memoir "Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power" by Mary Mapes, who is portrayed by Blanchett in the film. This is one of those real life events that I wasn't familiar with at the time, mostly because I wasn't interested in watching the news on television. What got me interested in the film is the story that lies behind the controversy, and Vanderbilt did a nice job at portraying that story.
The cast delivered some very good performances. Blanchett was flawless as Mapes and Redford was once again astonishing as Dan Rather.
Some good chemistry from the cast.
The editing is consistent.
Some important messages about journalism and what they stand for.
Parts of the film seemed to drag a little bit, especially during the second act.
Most people may get lost as to what's going on if they're not paying attention.
Final thoughts: It may not impress those who are not into journalism, but "Truth" offers an impressive look at how inaccuracy in journalism threatens the lives of the CBS News team 11 years ago. With some good performances from the cast and its intriguing, yet slow-paced, screenplay, this is the type of news that's worth watching. If you're into journalism, this film's worth a recommendation.