TRUTH is an independent feature film based on the book "Truth and Duty" by Mary Mapes. In the vein of "All The President's Men" and "The Insider", it is the incredible true story of Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchett), an award-winning CBS News Journalist and Dan Rather's producer, who broke the Abu-Ghraib prison abuse story, among others. The film chronicles the story Mapes and Rather (Robert Redford) uncovered that a sitting US president may have been AWOL from the United States National Guard for over a year during the Vietnam War. When the story blew up in their face, the ensuing scandal ruined Dan Rather's career, nearly changed a US Presidential election, and almost took down all of CBS News in the process.


Truth is a rather by the book retelling of how in September 2004, and in the middle of a presidential election, the CBC 60 Minutes news program in the United States broke a story that President George W Bush, who was up for re-election, had pulled strings to get into the Texas Air National Guard, a position that avoided him being drafted to Vietnam. To make matters worse for Bush the team also claimed to have uncovered papers that proved that he didn't even bother turning up for his National Guard duty.

The team, fronted by highly respected anchor-man, Dan Rather and his producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) then find that it's themselves who are under investigation after it's alleged that the documents that underpinned their entire story could have been forged.

At times Truth can be rather talky, however excellent performances by Redford and Blanchett help to lift Truth above the ordinary.

An interesting if somewhat forgettable watch.

Truth (15)

2h 5m

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss, Dennis Quaid

UK Release: Friday 4th March 2016