Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Whole Truth offers adult themes with intrique


Movie Title:   The Whole Truth
Grade:   B-

Rating:  R, 1 hour 33 minutes

In a Nutshell:  This courtroom drama based on David Baldacci’s novel was first released in Japan as early as Spring 2016, and then in other countries, but didn’t hit the  Big Screen in the USA until late August 2016, so it has been difficult to find a movie poster written in English.

  • Everyone lies.
  •  Integrity
  • Choices and consequences

Things I liked:
  • I've always gotten a kick out of watching Keanu Reeves in anything ever since Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • I love the image of the snake at the very beginning.  It suggested deceit, temptation, and the first sin from the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.  Clever.
  • You really hate Boone Lassiter (James Belushi)
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw is somehow mesmerizing to watch.
  • It feels like a mixture between Alfred Hitchcock and film Noir.
  • Good, but expected twist.

Things I didn’t like:
  • Keanu Reeves’ voice sounds too forced and low.
  • Rene Zellweger looked so odd.  I recognized her voice before I recognized her face.  She has lost a lot of weight and rumor has it that she recently had some plastic surgery, although she denies it.
  • It is pretty slow-moving. 

Interesting lines:       
  • “A wife doesn’t have to testify against her husband, but she does against her own child as if the bond is somehow less?” – wife  (Rene Zellweger) 

Tips for parents:   

  • 1 F-bomb in the first 2 seconds.  More F-bombs and other profanity.
  • Prostitution, adultery and other adult topics.
  • Children and most teens will be bored.
  • You see a side shot of a naked Rene Zellweger.
  • Some inappropriate sexual images and conversations.
  • Discussion of violence, domestic abuse, and rape.
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