Thursday, April 16, 2015
True Story's manipulative nature betrays itself at the bitter end.
Review by Matt CummingsIn Rupert Goold's True Story, NY Times writer Mike Finkel (Jonah Hill) is disgraced when news of his embellishment of a featured piece leads to his dismissal and blackballing. While desperately searching for another patron, he receives a call that the murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) has been using Finkel's name and title during his run from the law. He's accused of the heinous 2001 crime of strangling his wife and dumping his three young children into suitcases, all of whom were found floating in an Oregon channel. Finkel believes this story will signal his comeback, agreeing to help Longo write a book about the murder trial and his involvement in the crime. But lies and deception are never far behind, as Finklel gets dragged into Longo's web, placing Mike and wife Jill (Felicity Jones) at emotional and professional odds. As the trial ends and a decision is rendered, Mike and Jill must ask themselves: is Longo a scapegoat or a dangerous manipulator? Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.