The Whole Truth movie full length review - No more questions dude....I mean your honour...
Sometimes you can't beat a good old fashioned pot boiling courtroom thriller to while away a rainy afternoon.
Some are far beyond the realms of whiling away time. 12 Angry Men, A Few Good Men, and A Time To Kill are a few standout courtroom thrillers to grace our screen.
But when you have a courtroom thriller and see that Keanu Reeves and James Belushi are in the cast, eyebrows will raise, won't they? It's a simple premise, A boy is accused of killing his father, but doesn't utter a word to anyone, not even his defence lawyer, played by the one and only Keanu Reeves.
So the film is played by using a series of flashbacks and red herrings, to find out if silent boy is guilty, or if in fact, there are deeper elements to the films narrative.
As Courtroom dramas go, it's pleasant enough, but the first thing you notice is the fact that the film isn't cinematic in the slightest, which makes it a little odd considering the the talent involved.
So we have Reeves actually putting in a solid performance as the troubled D.L who's case is falling apart due to the lack of interaction from his client.
The rest of the film consists of a number of flashbacks leading up to the murder of the boys father and how the nuclear family is coping with his mood swings and his very derogatory way he treats his wife, played by Zellweger.
And this was the most amazing part of the film for me, I actually had no idea it was the one and only Bridget Jones until about halfway through the film, and believe me, she's in the film quite a lot. That's what surgery does to you I suppose.
The film rumbles along at a heady pace, and then the third act begins, and you start to question what the writer was smoking, because it goes from straight laced drama, to over the top Joe Ezterhas type trash, and it's all the better for it.
Reeves can act when he wants to, and he does here, it's just when he's getting perplexed or mildly irritated, you half expect him to go whoa... and it's like that with every film he's in.
Belushi is fantastic, he really adds menace to his character, and is the best thing about the film.
It's not going to win any awards, and because of it's televisual feel, I doubt it'll do well at the box office, but other than that it's worth seeing for Zellwegers face, and just how short the running time is.