Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for language, some sexual material and a scene of violence.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: This is a well constructed and well acted, political thriller.
Rachel Armstrong - Kate Beckinsale
Patton Dubois - Matt Dillon
Bonnie Benjamin - Angela Bassett
Albert Burnside - Alan Alda
Erica Van Doren - Vera Farmiga
Ray Armstrong - David Schwimmer
Avril Aaronson - Noah Wyle
Judge Hall - Floyd Abrams
Nothing But the Truth
To prove that this is a fictional story, it begins with an assassination attempt on the president of the United States, followed by a government launched military attack on Venezuela, based on evidence that its unnamed leader was behind the plot. The Capitol Sun-Timespolitical reporter Rachel Armstrong
(Kate Beckinsale "Pearl Harbor") outs Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga "The Departed") as a covert CIA operative who went
to Venezuela and reported back that the South American country did not instigate the attempt on the president's life.
Erica, whose husband (David Schwimmer "Six Days Seven Nights") just happens to have been ambassador to Venezuela
but who resigned in disagreement with the administration, is furious
about her cover having been blown, but not as furious as the
government, which assigns a special prosecutor, Patton Dubois (Matt
Dillon "There's Something About Mary"), to convince Rachel to name her source. But nothing will make
her tell who gave her the information and she eventually ends up in jail for contempt of court. Rachel and her attorney Albert Burnside
(Alan Alda "The Aviator") are backed by her newspaper, but the case comes down to differing views of this major First Ammendment issue.
Although the specifics of the case are fictional, the film is unquestionably based on the true story of the NY Times reporter Judith Miller who suffered the same fate. Director Rod Lurie ("The Last Castle") has made a worthwhile film which takes a critical position on the abuses of power that took place during the Bush administration. It's asporadically riveting yet undeniably uneven political thriller.