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The Whole Truth (2016)

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8/10: Great Ending Makes It Better
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Did you like those old Perry Mason shows? Are you an attorney? If you answered yes to either of those questions it's likely you'll enjoy "The Whole Truth". What this movie does well is slowly reveal the truth, very slowly. In the mean time it shows a kind of love of the law itself. How it can be worked to an unlikely outcome, yet one that has some legs as in "well, I didn't see that coming". To a viewer that is not particularly connected to TV law or isn't even that interested in it, let alone being an attorney, there is still quite a compelling story here. Granted it takes the strangeness of an accused killer attempting to protect someone besides himself. But, who?As I write this the rating for "The Whole Truth" is hovering around 6.5 and I've got to think it's just a bit low. This film is better...

2/10: An unbelievable story
Friday, July 10, 2020

Okay I made a list of all the things I found wrong with this movie.1. What was up with the narration? Was he lying to himself or what? Who was he narrating for? It's supposed to be his thoughts spoken out loud, but that makes no sense if he was lying?2. Why did Ramsey want the kid to speak so badly? Surely this was the best possible outcome for him? What did he want the kid to say? Confess that it wasn't him and pin it on the mum instead? How would that help anyone?3. How on earth did no one question why there was blood on the handle of the knife? That just seems so unlikely from one stab and made it so clear it was staged.4. How on earth was he found not guilty? They based that off of one single testimony which happened to be from the guy on trial. Even...

7/10: Compelling But Low Key Courtroom Drama
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Why did Mike kill his father? Did Mike actually do it? Who else would have killed Mike's father? And why was Mike's father killed? All questions that permeate this courtroom drama. It's actually a pretty decent little film. It's pretty much all set in the courtroom as evidence is offered (and as flashbacks portraying the evidence being offered.) Mike (Gabriel Basso) is a 17 year old accused of murdering his father. He isn't being very helpful to his defence lawyer (Keanu Reeves) because he refuses to say a word to explain what really happened. As the trial progresses we learn that Mike's father (played in the flashbacks by Jim Belushi) wasn't a very nice man - verbally and possibly physically abusive to his wife and Mike's mother (Renee Zellweger) and possibly abusive toward Mike as well. There are reasons to suspect Mike, and there are reasons to suspect others. There's really no...

8/10: Tis strange -- but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction."– Lord Byron
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Courtroom dramas remain a favorite with film and stage audiences and THE WHOLE TRUTH shares evidence of that fact. The title is extracted from the oath in court – 'Do you swear to tell the truth, The Whole Truth, and nothing but the truth? So help you God – and therein lies the pinpoint of the story. Written by Nicholas Kazan and Directed by Courtney Hunt the film traverses a tale that faces juries and judges – an apparently open and shut case of murder that plays out until the last few minutes when the surprise is deftly unveiled and the audience is left shocked. Defense attorney Richard Ramsay (Keanu Reeves) takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter (Renée Zellweger) that he will keep her son Mike (Gabriel Basso) out of prison. Charged with murdering his father Boone Lassiter (Jim Belushi), Mike initially confesses to the brutal stabbing crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence...

6/10: very good idea -- needed better script
Sunday, October 4, 2020

I watched this as I do like courtroom dramas and it had a shorter run time the most movies -- but there were so many holes left in the script, and there was certainly enough time in the film left over, to fill in, to bring more satisfaction, closure.It did keep me interested, but I felt kind of used, manipulated by the end of the movie. There was a lot of trickery in Keanu's VO narratives, clearly needed to pull it off, but it bothered me... it just wasn't smart enough. But perhaps feeling manipulated was part of the idea because everybody was manipulated in the movie.I think this movie wanted to have a big wow of a twist, like Sixth Sense... "I see dead people" but they didn't totally pull it off. I knew way too early in the film something was up, Keanu was the surprise factor.Keanu felt very bland and boring. Gugu...

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