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Nothing But The Truth 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars (53) IMDb 7.2/10

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).

Starring:
Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon
Runtime:
1 hour, 47 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Crime
Director Rod Lurie
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon
Supporting actors Angela Bassett, Alan Alda, Vera Farmiga, David Schwimmer, Courtney B. Vance, Noah Wyle, Floyd Abrams, Preston Bailey, Kristen Bough, Julie Ann Emery, Robert Harvey, Michael O'Neill, Kristen Shaw, Angelica Page, Jamey Sheridan, Pamela Jones, Jennifer McCoy, David Bridgewater
Studio Signature Entertainment Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I thought this was an intelligent, well crafted film. The stellar cast and the tight direction complement each other. Beckinsale is outstanding but, to be fair, it is a great ensemble piece too. In my opinion, it is a very under-rated movie. The 'twist' at the end is brilliant and I, for one, never saw it coming. Watch the beginning very carefully!
Highly recommended.
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The men are real scum in this one. David Schwimmer gets to play a guy who basically gives up on his heroic wife while Matt Dillon gets to play a blood-thirsty prosecutor bent on furthering his career whatever the human cost. Even Alan Alda (minus a fine little speech before the Supreme Court) gets to basically fail in defending his client.

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.
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This 2008 drama takes place after a bodged assassination attempt on the US President, the USA carries out a retaliatory attack against Venezuela. Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) is an ambitious reporter who ‘outs’ fellow soccer mom Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga) as the CIA operative who was investigating the assassination attempt. After refusing to divulge her source, Rachel suddenly discovers she is classed as a threat to national security and is threatened with prison, but despite the well meaning advice she is given, events soon spiral out of control.
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 acted, great plot. Unlike some comments, I didn't think the ending was a let down. I didn't see it coming but maybe that says more about me... Love genre of movie, Hollywood need to make more. All the cast were really strong. It's quite a poignant tale for these times were journalists seem to have anything but morals.
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This is a tense political drama/thriller with all the necessary ingredients to make it a very watchable experience indeed. The leading roles taken on by Kate Bekinsdale (who is absolutely brilliant in this), Matt Dillon and Angela Bassett make all very believable characters. Indeed, I was very moved by the leading character's seemingly hopeless fight against the authorities. We've probably all been there, she certainly got my sympathy, and I understood her fight against the 'bully' of authority. Time after time she came up against the brick wall of the establishment and the all too familiar streams of red tape used to cover up when convenient. Ultimately leading to her arrest and subsequent imprisonment for contempt of Court when she refused to reveal her source. Gripping, entertaining and with twists and turns, this film certainly has it all and begs to be watched. It's great value for money and should be a highly entertaining experience for all. So for me it's worthy of the very highest praise I can give.
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It's not a bad film until you reach the ridiculous conclusion and explanation for the reporter's stoicism. That the 'twist' has originality is beyond doubt, but, validity, credibility? Will someone please explain why she thought it necessary to ruin her life, her family's life, and that of the corrobarative sources' lives - and goodness knows whose else's with the 'ripple effect' - in order to protect her 'source'? Misplaced pride? Embarrassed at the actual source of the material? What? I simply don't understand her motives or why revealing it would have been such a breach of reporter/source trust; it is simply beyond comprehension unless you believe in 'I must die in a ditch and have others die, too, to defend a principal, regardless of how diluted the situation is'. The rest of the film is decent, though some scenes are somewhat predictable: You just know when the Alda character says 'Don't worry, we'll have you out in ten minutes' that he will not. There was a raft of 'integrity/conspiracy/government versus the anti-hero' films in the late 1960s and 1970s that raise the civil rights blood pressure in most of us that are far superior to this film; I cite, 'The Parallax View', with Warren Beatty, 'The Three days of the Condor', with Robert Redford and, yes, the template for this sort of film, 'All the President's Men'. Watch those instead.
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