ACADEMY AWARD® Nominees James Franco and Jonah Hill* star in this mesmerizing thriller from cowriter-director Rupert Goold, based on a chilling real-life story. After journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) is fired from The New York Times for embellishing a story, he learns that accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco) has been claiming to be him. Hoping this story will save his career, Finkel begins interviewing Longo in prison. But soon, the men find themselves in an eerie game of cat and mouse in this psychological drama that also stars OSCAR® Nominee Felicity Jones**.
*James Franco, Actor, 127 Hours, 2010. Jonah Hill: Supporting Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013; Supporting Actor, Moneyball, 2011. **Felicity Jones, Actress, The Theory of Everything, 2014.
**Director's Audio Commentary
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It's as good as any work I've seen in a film in 2015, and "True Story" is one of the better movies to come along this year.
Director Rupert Goold keeps things appropriately creepy, but True Story is no Capote.
True Story digs deeper into the cultural fascination with killers and attempts a potent corrective along the way, reminding us who's been lost but also how justice isn't just another gripping procedural.
The script is first-rate, questioning whether any story can really be credible when both the writer and the subject have everything to gain from it.
While the movie sometimes seems like faux Fincher, the symbiotic acting, artful imagery and punchline ending turn "True Story" into credible entertainment.
True Story is an intrinsically fascinating and occasionally riveting tale marred by unnecessary embellishments.
[An] intermittently fascinating movie version from first-time features director Rupert Goold and stars Jonah Hill and James Franco in roles that, for once, don't ask them to be caricatures of arrested adolescence.