"They don't get to smack us just for asking the question."
This happened when I was in high school. I worked three jobs to avoid going home until late at night and was very self involved. I vaguely remember my Government teacher talking about this. I don't think I actually took the time to read about it until years later. I didn't care. I grew up in a red state that was going to back Bush anyways. I wish I would've taken it a bit more seriously then.
Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) is a producer for 60 minutes who gets word of a story about President George W. Bush getting special treatment to go into the national guard to avoid Vietnam. She assembles a team of Mike Smith, (Topher Grace) Col. Roger Charles (Dennis Quad) and Lucy Scott (Elisabeth Moss) and gets to work. She's given a close in air date, so they do not properly verify the documents without a shadow of a doubt. She notifies anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford) who puts his trust in Mary. They air the story and the following day, people being to dissect it as a fraud.
This film has a rough time by default. CBS refuses to advertise it. It's being accused of making martyrs out of people who didn't do their job properly. That aside, no matter where you lean politically, Truth is very engaging and well made.
I can always appreciate when a film based on a real story can still feel suspenseful even when you know the ending, and that's how this felt. Many other reviews said this felt like it could've been on an episode of HBO's The Newsroom, I agree, and I think that's a massive compliment. Everything about how this film handles journalism is fascinating. Blanchett is an absolute treasure. She's wonderfully intense, vulnerable, and funny all at the same time. The scene where Mary is at her hearing, and she points out how people would rather whine about the documents being copies instead of listening to the real story is so well done. With the camera getting closer to her as she continues her rant. She doesn't get angrier the closer it gets, she stays just the right amount of angry the whole time. It's brilliant.
The supporting cast doesn't quite match up to the magnitude of Blanchett, though Grace, I thought in particular was very good. This isn't something I'm used to seeing him in. But the pacing is perfect and in my opinion presents a very fair analysis on what happened. They didn't sugar coat the mistakes made.
Memorable Quote: "What are you going to do? Tell them how we ruined modern journalism together?" - Mike Smith (Topher Grace)