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True Story Blu-ray Review

True Story Blu-ray

“True Story” lacks drama.

After being fired from The New York Times for lying in one of his articles, writer Michael Finkel struggles to figure out what to do next. While staying with his girlfriend (Jill), Mike receives a call in which he learns that an imprisoned suspected killer (Christian Longo) was impersonating him. Wanting to meet this man, Mike visits Christian in prison before his trial. Mike hopes to land the exclusive story about Christian for a potential book, but things don’t go according to plan when he discovers that Christian is using him and playing mind games.

Even though James Franco and Jonah Hill are in this movie, “True Story” is not a comedy. Instead, it’s actually a drama that is based on a true story (and a book).

While the actual story is fascinating in itself, it doesn’t exactly lend itself to a feature film. As a character study, “True Story” is interesting, but as a drama, there’s simply not enough here for a film. Not only is there a serious lack of drama, but there’s not even any suspense. Even though Mike is trying to find out the real story about Christian, there’s little doubt about what he did. As a result, the middle act is lackluster to say the least.

On the plus side, the film does boast a memorable creepy performance by James Franco. He carries the film and manages to grab your attention from start to finish. After seeing him in great dramatic films such as “Moneyball,” it’s evident Jonah Hill is capable of acting in dramas, but he feels a little out of place here. He’s serviceable, but he can’t hold his own against Franco. The most disappointing aspect of the film is that Felicity Jones is entirely wasted as Mike’s love interest Jill. She is given very little to do at all.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? A bit grainy for my taste, but still a solid hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This DTS track does the job.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Fox trailers and a “True Story” theatrical trailer.
* 4 deleted scenes and an alternate ending with optional commentary by Rupert Goold.
* 4 standard featurettes titled “Mike Finkel,” “Who Is Christian Longo?,” “The Truth Behind True Story,” and “The Making of True Story.”
* Still gallery.
* A soft spoken solo commentary by director and co-writer Rupert Goold. Rupert chats about his career, location shooting, script ideas, the characters, and more.

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August 9, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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