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The Whole Truth (2016)

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A defense attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.

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Courtney Hunt

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Nicholas Kazan (as Rafael Jackson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Ramsey
Renée Zellweger ... Loretta
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Janelle
Gabriel Basso ... Mike
Jim Belushi ... Boone
Jim Klock ... Leblanc
Ritchie Montgomery ... Judge Robichaux
Christopher Berry ... Legrand
Lara Grice ... Juror #3
Nicole Barré ... Angela Morley
Lucky Johnson ... Limo Driver (as Kevin Johnson)
Lyndsay Kimball ... Officer Steed
Jason Kirkpatrick Jason Kirkpatrick ... Detective Graves
Sean Bridgers ... Arthur Westin
Jackie Tuttle Jackie Tuttle ... Trixie Westin
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Defense attorney Richard Ramsay takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter, that he will keep her son Mike out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter really was comes to light. While Ramsay uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague Janelle tries to dig deeper - and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover. Written by Lionsgate Premiere

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Rated R for language and some violence including a sexual assault | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El abogado del mal See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Lupita Nyong'o auditioned for the role that went to Gugu Mbatha-Raw. See more »

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When Janelle asks Loretta for a cigarette on the porch, Loretta takes out a lighter and you hear a lighter flick open, then you hear it click shut like a Zippo lighter, but she's obviously holding a plastic Bic lighter. See more »

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Ramsey: At some point, every defense lawyer has to choose between his own need to know the truth and the best interests of his client.
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This movie is better off as a Law and Order episode
31 March 2016 | by sjculb3See all my reviews

Keanu Reeves stars as Richard Ramsey, a small town Louisiana lawyer who takes up the murder case of family friends son who may have murdered his father in cold blood. To make matters worse, his young client refuses to speak to anyone on the matter except to say that he is guilty. The boys mother, played by a barely recognizable Renée Zellweger, begs Keanu to save her son from prison but does she have her own secrets to hide?

While the trailer to this movie looks like an intelligent, and mysterious courtroom drama, its sadly misleading. The movie sets up the murder and the characters right from the beginning however the entire movie is played out in either the courtroom...or a series of short flashbacks. It really could have been shot anywhere and except for a few bridge shots, it has no connection to Louisiana. While I have no qualms with the acting, the story is at best, basic. There is no real payoff at the end and when we do see the guilty party, it certainly isn't much of a surprise.

My biggest complaint is about Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a fine actress whose talents were wasted here on a part that plays no serious role in the movie. Her character almost didn't need to be included in the movie.

Like I said, this movie could have easily been a two-part Law and Order episode. No wonder Daniel Craig bailed on this.


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