Flash Movie Review: Denial

I remember a time when facts were important and meant something. In my chemistry class when we would conduct an experiment, each of the students had to create a particular reaction then have a fellow student repeat the same steps to see if they get the same results. My experiment was to create a blue clear liquid in my test tube. Mixing chemicals in a precise order and amounts when the final chemical was added the liquid in my test tube turned a beautiful Caribbean blue color. Next my lab partner had to reproduce my steps to see if he would get the same results. It turned out he did not; the liquid in his test tube turned into a cloudy, swamp brown color with a nasty odor. So to substantiate my results a 3rd student was brought in to repeat my experiment. They were successful as they created the same blue colored liquid. Pouring over our notes we discovered my lab partner mistook one measurement which completely altered the chemical reaction to create the color blue. This is how we learned about facts and fact checking. From my school years I learned studies and facts would yield accurate results. It seems as if facts do not carry the same weight of importance as they once did. This is my own opinion but I feel if facts lose their importance then conversations, accusations, claims and other such things turn into one big game of that kid’s game, “Telephone.” It is a game where one person whispers a statement into the ear of the person sitting next to them; who in turn, whispers the statement to the next and so on and so on, until the last person sitting in the circle repeats what they were told to the very first person who issued the statement. More than likely the statement was altered as it got passed from one person to the next. I learned from this dramatic film based on a true story that there were people back then who also did not believe in facts.   HISTORIAN Deborah Lipstadt, played by Rachel Weisz (The Light Between Oceans, The Lobster), had to fly to London to prove in court that the Holocaust did indeed happen after she was sued for libel. In London’s judicial system the burden of proof is placed on the accused. This biographical film had outstanding acting provided not only by Rachel but also Tom Wilkinson (Snowden, Belle) as Richard Rampton, Timothy Spall (Harry Potter franchise, Enchanted) as David Irving and Andrew Scott (Spectre, Saving Private Ryan) as Anthony Julius. Based on Deborah’s book, History on Trial: My Day in Court, I found this film to be a taut courtroom drama. It was due to this cast that my interest stayed with the story because there were several scenes that lagged compared to others. I believe this was due to the script for the most part, though the directing had a hand in causing this slowness. Ultimately this did not weigh me down because I was very much into the story which interestingly one could draw parallels between it and the environment we currently live in.


3 stars




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Posted on October 14, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Like the movie The Accountant this was the other movie I saw the preview for when I saw Anthropoid. It looks good and I remember this trial in the 90’s. Very much looking forward to seeing it. Your review only intrigued me further! Cheers!

  2. Definitely will see! As for facts, all one has to do is determine who benefits from propagation of (let’s call them) fictitious facts to understand the dangerous games being played. As in medieval times, the population believes what their lords and masters want them to believe… except for the thinkers who attempt to move us all forward.

    • I so enjoy what you wrote about the lords and masters; how true this have been thru the centuries. Thank you for the comments and do tell me what you thought of this film after seeing it.

  3. Yes! So relevant to today’s climate. Thanks for the review..
    My uncle brought home a book from WWII that had photos of the time showing the pits of human carcasses. I too remember this trial and found it incredulous that anyone would even call into question those events ever took place

  4. I hadn’t heard of the movie before, but I’m going to see it now. Thanks for an excellent review.


  5. Double checking facts is so important. I have made mistakes, learned that double checking is key.

    • It is a pleasure meeting you Maria. You certainly are correct; I re-read my reviews at least 3 times and am always surprised when I still find a typo. Thank you for the comments.

  6. This is going to be a must watch movie for me…thank you!

  7. Great review of a great film. While this is not for entertainment, it is a strong story that is well told. It is also an important film, especially as we are in an era where the denialists are in power in many places around the world. I also gave it 8 out of 10; IMO it is an under-acclaimed film.

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