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Nothing But the Truth [DVD] 
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Washington DC political journalist Rachel Armstrong (Beckinsale), writes an explosive story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert CIA agent (Farmiga). When a special government prosecutor (Dillon) demands she divulge her source, she refuses and finds herself behind bars, struggling to defend the principles she has based her career upon.
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His client is Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) a journalist who finds herself in contempt of court for not revealing her source for a story on the outing of a CIA agent. (Shades of the Judith Miller/Valerie Plame Wilson case.) Here instead of the Iraq war we have an assignation attempt on the President supposedly by somebody in Venezuela after which the US takes some military action. Rachel ends up in jail and we get to see her suffer all the deprivations of being jail, getting beaten up, estranged from her son and her husband, who betrays her. She is doing all this to protect a source, and a kind of journalistic honor code. David Swimmer's character isn't interested in journalist honor codes. He is displeased that she cares more about protecting her source than in being with him and her son.
Clearly this is a Belt Way story told as a woman's POV flick. It is engaging and it moves right along. It is sharp, just a tad short of slick. We cannot help but identify with Kate Beckinsale's character. And when we find out at the very, very end whom she is protecting we understand. It is a nice twist, one of the cleverest I've seen in movies in quite a while. The end is just perfect.
I was about to write that "every soccer mom and indeed every mom will identify with Kate Beckinsale's character" but actually not all of them will. But when they see the ending they might change their mind.
See this for the clever twist, for the sharp direction and editing and for a fine performance by Kate Beckinsale.
Although a work of fiction this does highlight the conflict between maintaining the need for security against freedom of the press and protection of sources, extremely well. It also shows the duplicitous nature of such events and the impact it can have on family and friends. Matt Dillon plays the part of the friendly –but ruthless, special Federal prosecutor Patton Dubois superbly and Alan Alda is well cast as the defence.
The single disc opens to two trailers before offering play, scene selection, special features [deleted scenes, directors commentary, behind the scenes] and set-up [2.0 default or 5.1]. As a 15 rating this does contain strong language [including the C word] but no nudity, although there is some violence. Sure, it has some flaws and clichés, but it remains an engrossing tale of principles, trust, loyalty, rights and power. The reveal at the end is brilliant, although the clues were all in place if you listened to the clever dialogue. Well worth a watch if you want a thought provoking drama, rather than simply action.
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Well I'm sure I watched it but can't remember any of it now, so I guess nuff said.Published 7 months ago by tigger