Flash Movie Review: True Story

They were the perfect guests for dinner. Always on time, trustworthy and filled with noteworthy stories each time they appeared; many of us had the same nightly guests for supper. They were the newscasters who showed up every day at the dinner hour when our televisions were turned on. I am referring to those TV news anchors when I was growing up. Back then they were sometimes considered family members; they would explain current issues in a way that was unbiased and unfettered. There was no hidden agenda or slanted placement to the presentation of the stories. The same could be said about reporters for the newspapers. That was the beauty of the news during those times; one could get the same story whether it was done verbally or visually. I remember the newspapers being so much thicker than they are now, besides fewer ads then. There were some reporters who had their own weekly or daily columns where they would take a topic, cut it up and spoon feed it to us, the readers. I still hold on to those feelings I had years ago every time I hold a newspaper in my hands. However things are not the same; I do not have the same level of trust anymore. It seems to me the news is based now on getting ratings; the more sensational the story, the higher draw of viewers. In addition, with a majority of media outlets now owned by large corporations I get the feeling there is a hidden agenda to their actions. It is harder to figure out what is really true these days.    BEING released from the New York Times due to a falsified story reporter Michael Finkel, played by Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Sitter), became an untouchable in the news world. Finding a job seemed like an impossible task until murder suspect Christian Longo, played by James Franco (The Interview, Palo Alto), was taken into custody claiming he was Michael Finkel. Based on actual events this dramatic mystery seemed to have all the elements for making a thrilling picture. I liked the cast which included Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman, The Theory of Everything) as Jill Barker; however, I only found James to be the most believable. The script was overdone, plodding along to the point where I was bored through portions of the movie. It was too bad because I rather enjoyed the camera work with its variety of close-ups and uncluttered scenes. The beginning of the film was stronger; I kept losing interest as time went on. Though the story had an interesting base, I just could not get into it. I felt the same way about this film as I do about the news; I did not buy into everything I was being shown.

 

2 stars  

https://youtu.be/EkZVLBz4L1s  

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 23, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Said perfectly, Joltz. I literally just finished wrapping up my own thoughts on this one just now. We’re in the same boat. Good performance from Franco, but the film overall leaves so much to be desired.

  2. I agree…Thoughtful criticism without malice is refreshing. We need a high index of suspicion, especially concerning the news.
    Namasté
    नमस्ते
    Chazz Vincent

  3. i bookmarked your site under folder movi, thus i am ready to look for your reviews. I am looking for movies out of the “hollywood” cliche, for example, Nebraska, is a fantastic movie, Monument men is a crap, Chefs is just a mediocre one, Wildrness, (the lady doing the Pacific trail is a bad one). The one I am not sure you saw and we just discussed at the Gym is Another Year, a fantastic movie, i bet it will be nominated in the foreign category, Wild Tales is the consecration of Argentinian director Szifron, better than Inatirru, much more in the footsteps of Campanella(The miracle in your eyes).
    Enjoy your classes, a suggestion if the movie is below two stars, be brief, no need to waste time , life is too short, …and classes too!
    Best
    Sal (..short for Salvador)

    • Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments and list of your mini-movie reviews. I see you have an interesting eye for film. It is a pleasure having you be part of class, keep it up as we ride to new places.

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