Nothing but the Truth
Serviceable political thriller starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, David Schwimmer and Alan Alda
It’s amazing how many films with big name casts slink out direct to DVD. Take Nothing But the Truth, featuring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Angela Bassett, David Schwimmer and Alan Alda. To be fair, NBT was a victim of circumstance rather than some dross they’ve tried to sneak under the radar - Yari Film Group filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and the film has been floating about in limbo ever since.
Beckinsale plays a reporter caught up in red tape for not revealing her source after she publicly outs a CIA operative. She sticks to her principles and ends up doing jail time. They very specifically state that it’s not based on a true story but it’s very obviously ‘inspired by’ New York Times journalist Judith Miller who was jailed for contempt of court in similar circumstances in 2005.
It’s a perfectly serviceable political thriller meets courtroom/prison drama even if it does have the slight air of a superior TV movie at times. While it won’t change the world it certainly deserves to be seen, especially as this is probably Beckinsale’s strongest dramatic performance in several years.