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Where the Truth Lies [DVD]
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Controversial thriller from acclaimed director Atom Egoyan, and starring Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. In 1950s America, Lanny Morris (Bacon) and Vince Collins (Firth) are a popular and successful entertainment double-act, when a scandalous murder mystery suddenly ends their careers and their partnership. 15 years later, writer Karen O'Connor (Alison Lohman) is researching the case for a story, and she begins to investigate the former showbiz partners. But when she becomes more involved with the case, and sexually involved with both men, it becomes more difficult for her to accepting the disturbing truth about them, and about herself.
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There is a problem with "Where the Truth Lies" that you might not be able to get past, namely the selling point of the story in Hollywood terms. This would be that a dead woman is found naked in the bathtub of a suite about to be occupied by the comedy team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and the question is whether it was one, the other, or both that killed her. The names of the comedy team in this 2005 film noir are Vince Collins (Colin Firth) and Lanny Morris (Kevin Bacon), but if you do not see the parallels between Collins & Morris and Martin & Lewis before they are hosting a telethon for polio, then you are simply too young to remember Martin & Lewis.
Now, the real hook of this film noir is not that the leads are modeled on Martin & Lewis, but that Collins & Morris both have air tight alibis for the murder. They spent 39 hours doing their telethon in Miami and as soon as it was over were escorted to the airport, flown to New York City, and driven to Atlantic City where the body was discovered. The only thing is that the dead girl worked at the hotel in Miami, and had wanted to interview the two stars for her school paper. The official story smells, and whatever the truth might be it cannot be good. Soon after the telethon and the discovery of the dead girl, Collins & Morris broke up. There has to be a connection, although clearly it is under so many layers (for one thing, the naked body in the bathtub is completely submerged with its eyes opened, which not only looks freaky, but think about how something like that could actually happen)..Read more ›
It's 1957. Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth play a famous TV double-act, adored by the nation. A young woman dies in their hotel suite. The double-act breaks up. Why? Fast-forward to 1972, when both men are separately reputedly writing their memoirs. Will the truth come out? Alison Lohman thinks she's on to the reason why one of America's greatest entertainment institutions foundered.
This is a modern (2005) film noir about murder, mystery, and the cynicism of fame. Shot in colour, it's beautifully filmed with many period touches. Clues abound throughout the film, but it's only at the end that it all adds up. Consequently, it's a film to watch a number of times to see something new and different.
The acting is top-notch; Bacon and Firth are totally believable as the buddies whose partnership turned sour over one night's excess. It is wonderfully slow and languorous movie, helped by a wonderful soundtrack by Mychael Danna.
It's classified as 18 because it "contains strong sex and drug use"; some of the cast `swing both ways', but I do not see why this film should not have been a 15.
There are four extras: 1. a refreshingly commentary-free `making of ...' (five minutes); 2. deleted scenes (ten minutes); 3. a ten-minute featurettes with the actors, director and producer; and 4. a twelve-minute unedited B-roll, which is kind of a continuation of 1.
While the storyline becomes a little convoluted half-way through, the performances and presentation of the film keep up throughout. The dual narration is annoying at first, but becomes acceptable after a few minutes. The presentation of the 1950s settings, and the 1970s settings were done well. While some of the costumes are off in some areas, in others, they are spot-on. It makes you wonder why Oscar skipped over the film (until you watch it all, and then realize why). Alison Lohman is alright here, but she was much better in Matchstick Men, if for only the fact that she looks to young for her own good (and after the things she does, and has done to her in this film, she looks way too young for her own good). For this reason, she has a really hard time carrying the film, and has an even harder time acting against Firth and Bacon. Rachel Blanchard is sadly underused, as is Firth, but the rest of the supporting cast has just enough time needed to stretch.
The film's graphic nude and sex scenes are up to par with Cronenberg, and make an interesting comparison. Were they really attempting to compete, or was it just a subtle irony that both of the films came out over a year ago, and had their first screenings at Cannes? In the end, the whole thing sadly just looks very little in comparison to Violence, and that's the unfortunate thing because they were just destined to be compared.
I know that the NC-17 rating of the film made a big scandal and controversy among fans.Read more ›
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Great film full of twists and turns. Kevin Bacon is brilliant as usual. Anyone wanting a decent film that is not predictable - this is the one for you.Published 5 months ago by Sarah Henderson
The story line is great but the acting and actors not so much, the one star rating is for the film not the sender, it arrived on time and was exactly how statedPublished 10 months ago by H
All in all I found the movie entertaining and it looks gorgeous but sadly is doesn't explore its full potential, which could have ranked it in the level of L.A. Confidential. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maria Gonzalez
Good film except the female main character, she acts with no emotion not sure if she is alive or a robot. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Denise Honeyball
it's interesting and very clever how it was done music of the 50's good era it was a bit zany good cast maybe this who done it would be a bit mixed in today's mysteries... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2013 by Elizabeth O'Brien
....spoilt for me by a warning about illegal downloads followed by three trailers and and advert for Mars bars. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by R. Napier
This film started slowly and continued like this through the film there was not enough content to keep you guessing what was coming nextPublished on 25 April 2013 by James Purves