ByAdrian Ortiz, writer at
I'm a Screenwriting major at California State University Northridge and an avid purveyor and critique of films old and new
Adrian Ortiz

James Vanderbilt's Truth tells the enticing true story of former President George W. Bush's military record being exposed through questionable sources by former 60 Minutes Producer, Mary Mapes and her crackpot research team, along with anchorman Dan Rather. The film's adapted script from Mapes' memoir, Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power, carries a strong a plot focused around Mapes' life and struggles she's had to endure as a child with her alcoholic and abusive father. Through this story, there is a strong indication for sympathy and alliance with Mapes' character, performed by Cate Blanchett, and her implicit "father-daughter" relationship with Dan Rather, who is equally enticed by her curiosity for truth in this story. Through expertly crafted dialogue and impressive performances, Truth brings to light a forgotten and overlooked story that questions the character of the former President of the United States and the political agendas of the media.


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