Monday, August 7, 2017

The Whole Truth 2016

     This film is based on a book by David Baldacci published in 2008.  Loretta is married to Boone and they have a son Mike.  Boone and Mike have been looking at colleges together.  Boone is trying to convince Mike to go to the college Boone wants him to attend.  Mike is trying to get Boone to understand he would like to pick his college himself.  Boone is a wealthy and strong willed man.  He doesn’t mind telling Loretta what to do and that she is stupid.  Their neighbors took down the fence between their property and Boone’s so their boys could play together when they were younger.  They have become so disgusted with Boone’s treatment of Loretta that their family has severed the friendship.  Boone comes back from a trip and later he’s found dead with a knife in his chest?
     Mike confesses that he killed Boone and he won’t say anything at all to Richard Ramsay, his defense attorney.  Ramsay doesn’t have much to work with for his defense but he’s trying to keep Mike out of prison.  There are two twists to this film.  One is what Mikes says on the stand when he finally speaks.  The other is brought out in a flashback of additional information about the murder.  This film seems more like a Lifetime television movie than a movie released in theaters?  3* (This movie is OK)

93 min, Crime directed by Courtney Hunt with Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Gabriel Basso, James Belushi, Jim Klock, Ritchie Montgomery, Christopher Berry, Lara Grice, Nicole Barre.

Note:  Imdb 6.2 out of 10, 29% critic 33% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 4.1* out of 5* with 52 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.  Lupita Nyong’o auditioned for the role played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw.  Daniel Craig was originally going to play Richard Ramsay but he pulled out four days before filming was scheduled.  Renee Zellweger hasn’t been in a film in six years.  Reeves also played a lawyer in the film The Devil’s Advocate of 1997.  There is another film with the same title from 1958 and a TV series with this title from 2010.

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