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True Story (2015)

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When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo - who has taken on Finkel's identity - his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

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Sadie Longo
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Madison Longo
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Jonah Hill plays Michael Finkel, a recently terminated New York Times journalist who's struggling for work after a story gone wrong. One day, he receives a phone call from a man regarding an FBI Most Wanted individual named Christian Longo, who's been captured and claimed to be living as Finkel. Longo and Finkel meet and form a potentially marriage shattering bond while Longo is in prison awaiting his trial. Finkel exchanges journalism tips for the real events behind Longo's alleged heinous acts of murdering his family. Through the twists and turns in the movie, only at the end will Finkel uncover the True Story. Written by Mayor_G

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Some stories are beyond belief


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Rated R for language and some disturbing material | See all certifications »

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A História Verdadeira  »

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$1,950,214 (USA) (17 April 2015)

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$4,715,819 (USA) (29 May 2015)
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In the film James Francos character had a daughter named 'Sadie'. Franco stars in a TV miniseries called '11.22.63' where his love interest name is also 'Sadie'. See more »

Goofs

Christian and his wife were Jehova's Witnesses, yet in the teddy bear story, he tells Mike of not being able to give his children gifts for their birthdays, which is why he "passes down" the bear. Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in celebrating birthdays, or other holidays, with gifts or otherwise. See more »

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Christian Longo: Sometimes you have to accept looking one way in order to protect something more important.
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Se La Mia Morte Brami
Written by Carlo Gesualdo
Performed by Delitiae Musicae
Conducted by Marco Longhini
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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Don't trust the reviews - this is a must see
18 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had been looking forward to True Story since I first saw the trailer in December. And then I read reviews tonight on it and was pretty worried. I actually almost didn't go to the theater to see it. I almost considered waiting for the DVD (or Digital HD rather, Ha) release. I am glad I didn't.

I am not going to recap the entire summary of the film, as if you are reading this, chances are you already know it, and if you don't, the less you know the better. I just finished researching the true story of the film, and it appears this film is quite close to the truth. (Unlike the characters in the film)

This is a movie about deception involving characters that fabricate the truth to incredible lengths and spin endless webs of lies. One character to a lesser extent to the other, but I found it interesting how this film portrayed the similarities between these two men. The story is brilliantly woven, and extreme attention to detail is paid. The cinematography is beautiful, the acting is solid, this is just all around an exceptionally well made film. It's tragic, yet very thought provoking.

The main two complaints I heard in critical reviews were that the film lacked suspense, and that it was a whole lot of buildup with no payoff. The no payoff criticism concerned me the most, as I can't stand movies like that, and that criticism seemed to be the biggest people were making.

Realize going in, this is a psychological drama/thriller. I personally was riveted and in constant psychological suspense, but there isn't any real physical suspense throughout the film. The suspense comes from a psychological place, falling victim to the constant mind games, and not knowing what the truth really is.

And as for the biggest criticism, that there wasn't any payoff, I couldn't disagree more. I'd like to ask these critics to their face - how much more payoff are you looking for? Given the details of the true events, there isn't any more payoff that could have been provided, in fact, I felt the payoff of this film to be big. It was a psychologically riveting experience that provided a lot to think about long after the end credits rolled.


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