Ignored by audiences on its US release, one can only assume that audiences had zero enthusiasm at being reminded of George W Bush's presidency. Taking place in the months leading up to his re-election in 2004, this effort details the scandal of CBS' s 60 Minutes news story uncovering his allegedly questionable National Guard service in the early '70s.
For the first 40 minutes or so, with dogged producer Mary Mapes (Blanchett) and her team pursuing the story, the protagonists come across more as explanatory mouthpieces rather than teal characters, with Moss particularly shortchanged, given little to say other than cliched platitudes. Redford though provides easy going gravitas as veteran TV anchor Dan Rather.
Once scrutiny of the documents they find is brought the fore however and we move away from discussion of Bush's service. then the tale picks up and stars to gain some momentum. Blanchett is superb as the harried producer, her confidence slowly torn away as pressure from the network hierarchy proves far more formidable and far less loyal than she anticipated.
In discussing political affiliations over pragmatism, Truth raises thorny questions that are welcome but too often it is done in broadly unsubtle style, too flashy when it should be more controlled, the dramatic score cutting in at regular times to manipulate tension. It never grips because it comes across as too phoney, too movie-ish if you will.
One other thing: when Grace does his big impassioned speech about Viacom and the like in the office towards the end, the script went right over my head. I did not understand a word of what he was saying. Nothing wrong with his diction mind, just the fierce energy of the words. Overall, Truth proves too much of a muddle to deliver.