True Story

True Story
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Rupert Goold
  • Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones
  • UK release: 17 July 2015

This unconvincing crime thriller follows disgraced New York Times writer, Michael Finkel, (Hill) who befriends Christian Longo (Franco) – a man accused of murdering his wife and three children, yet finally caught in Mexico masquerading as none other than Finkel himself. True Story’s undoing is that it lacks the very thing Finkel himself so desperately prized: the perfect angle. It’s a film lost in its search for meaning, that's crippled by emphatic dialogue, and for a true story, it’s surprisingly fake.

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True Story

13 Jul 20152 stars

Unconvincing crime thriller starring James Franco and Jonah Hill

Find the perfect angle and your readers are in the palm of your hand. Every journalist knows this, yet few would chase its realisation to the extent Michael Finkel did. A New York Times writer already disgraced for distorting the truth of the African…

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