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First, in spite of its shortcomings, it did hold my interest
throughout. It wants to be compared to some of Pam Grier's films,
especially the earlier ones, though it falls a bit short of that mark.
Still, it's generally fun, for similar reasons. And Regina King is
attractive and effective in this role.
The plot is not too original, and the direction indicates a good feel for visuals, but not much finesse. Most of the characters are obvious stereotypes, which substitutes for character development. And, often, for plot development as well, as they do what they must, regardless of reason. The musical cues are occasionally so heavy-handed I laughed out loud - not the intended effect.
On the plus side, the story is told pretty effectively, hiding, then revealing, clues, so that understanding is pleasantly delayed into an "A-ha" moment near the end. And there's some restraint on the gratuitous sex and violence, so Jeff Byrd, the director, shows discretion and promise. No need to see it twice, but you might give it a chance once.
I just watched the film and can tell you it is a well crafted story and
presentation. It definitely had me guessing and entertained through out
the duration of the film. I don't want to say too much because as well
as the story is, the way the story is told is well done in my humble
opinion. The story takes off and comes to a final resolution wrapping
up the film very well.
I definitely would recommend Truth Be Told (Final Breakdown)for a well crafted story line and execution and as a dramatic thriller. Another Strange Fruit Films production I haven't had a chance to watch yet is the romantic urban comedy, Book of Love.
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I can't even guess what the writer/director/editors were collectively
thinking about when they pushed this film out the door. There is a
semi-serviceable plot but everything else about the movie is so poorly
done that it hardly matters. A platoon of police fire from their
multi-shooters (no six shooters here) randomly into a bus station,
without regard for the bystanders and everybody inside is dead except
one woman is is lying against a wall. Are the police excited,
interested? Not much? Is there any flurry of activity, like other
support vehicles, calling for ambulances, etc? No. Do they actually
look around to see if anyone is wounded or playing possum? No, perhaps
they have been shooting magic bullets that kill without wounding and
they 'know' that everyone is dead? They sort of walk around, staring
into the distance, talking tough, ignoring the guns scattered around.
The one woman left alive has a bruise on her forehead but no other
marks; clearly the magic 'bruising' bullet strikes again.
That's when I quit.
"Truth Be Told" is a boring cop thriller. Cops Stratten and Harris
(Sheffer and Underwood) are corrupt cops after some dirty money.
There's a double cross involving Rayne (King) too.
The problem is that nothing happens in this movie. The movie stares back at you with a blank expression. If you look at the cover, it looks like an exciting action thriller. The Lionsgate company always practices the "art of the deceptive cover". This is no exception. There is no action, just talking. Craig Sheffer and Blair Underwood are okay, but King doesn't have anything to work with. "Truth Be Told" was also known as: "Final Breakdown" and "Turnaround". If the movie can't decide on a title, that means the movie can't decide on a tone or genre.
The "Truth" is: "Turnaround" when you see this, because you won't regret it.
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