... that's actually pretty good. Kate Beckinsale is back where she belongs, portraying a strong-willed woman who's willing to sacrifice all for a principle. (Makes you wonder why she wasted QUITE so many years in leather trousers running after werewolves.) Matt Dillon equally good as her nemesis, the prosecutor who gets her sent to jail for refusing to reveal a source. And Vera Farmiga is excellent as the CIA operative whose cover is blown by Beckinsale in a scoop.
Okay, some it feels a bit like a telemovie. But it's powerful stuff, and the issues surrounding journalistic responsibility are intelligently discussed. A lot of reviewers, both professionals and amazons, see the film as a straightforward defence of journalistic freedom against government strong-arming. Actually, I think it's a bit more nuanced than that. Our sympathies are always with Beckinsale, but the film at least raises the question of whether journalists SHOULD be allowed to protect traitors and criminals -- and why? And while Matt Dillon is plainly the antagonist, his performance is so good that some of the time he actually convinces us that right is on his side.
James Caan was in the papers today, moaning about the state of modern Hollywood with its endless franchises, and wishing that films were more like they were in his day. NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH would cheer him up, because it's exactly like one of those intelligent 1970s films. For some reason it has just been re-released on DVD, five years after it was made (but never distributed). Hopefully it'll now get the exposure it deserves.