Watch: Where the Truth Lies 2005 123movies, Full Movie Online – Karen O’Connor tells the story about two distinct but related periods in her life. In 1972, she is an up-and-coming Los Angeles based journalist who has been given the lucrative assignment of convincing once successful comic Vince Collins, who is at the tail end of his career, to allow her to ghost write his memoirs. Most specifically, she has the task from her publishers of discovering the reason behind two issues in Vince’s life from 1957: why he and his former on-stage partner Lanny Morris, who is still active and well known within the entertainment business, broke up their professional partnership shortly after they hosted a successful thirty-nine hour telethon for polio research in Miami, there not having been any indication of problems between the two before that; and how did the dead body of Maureen O’Flaherty end up in the water filled bathtub in Vince and Lanny’s New Jersey hotel suite, the opening of that New Jersey hotel owned by mobster Sally Sanmarco which was Lanny and Vince’s next gig after the telethon. Maureen, a college student, was working part-time as a room service waitress at the Miami Versailles Hotel where Vince and Lanny were staying during the telethon, she who had served the pair at the time. The last she was known to be seen was by the Miami hotel staff when Lanny and Vince were still staying there three days before the discovery of her body, with the official cause of death being accidental drowning as she had narcotics in her system. Neither Lanny or Vince was ever implicated in having anything to do with Maureen’s death or even how she got from Miami to New Jersey coinciding with their own travels. Despite there perhaps being more well known writers who could do the job, the publishing company chose Karen as, known or unknown to Vince, she was the Miracle Child, a polio survivor who appeared on the 1957 telethon. During her research, Karen is unable to meet with Lanny, who, through his legal representatives, tells her that he is writing his own explosive tell-all book which will make her project meaningless. In Karen’s search for the truth, things get complicated when she starts receiving from an anonymous source upcoming chapters from Lanny’s memoirs which may purely be to throw her off the track from reality, and when she meets Lanny in the flesh, she not divulging to him who she really is..
Plot: An ambitious reporter probes the reasons behind the sudden split of a 1950s comedy team.
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Sex, Drugs, (not so much Rock & Roll) and a Mystery….
Another great work by Atom Egoyan, based on the novel by Rupert Holmes.
Knowing a little about the plot before seeing the film my big question/concern was “Kevin Bacon”? Going in I just didn’t see Bacon in such a roll. But it didn’t take long before Egoyan’s primary cast selection (including Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, and Alison Lohman) was clearly calculated and well thought.
Some might call this Egoyan’s ‘most mainstream’ work to date, but it retains many of the qualities we’ve come to expect from him. The screenplay was precisely developed to provide a great pace to the story, and to provide little ‘bits and pieces’ of key information just when you need them. It doesn’t give the truth away too early, yet when the secret is finally revealed it’s accompanied by a sense of “I should have seen that coming”.
This film does deal with some ‘touchy’ cinematic subjects including sex and drug use. What should be truly disturbing is the murder in question, but ‘simple’ murder is accepted in film without a second thought.
The screening I saw was the ‘uncut’ version of the film. There has apparently been some controversy surrounding some of the films content, so I don’t know whether this is the version the movie-going public will eventually see in mass-market theatres. It contained some pretty graphic sex, but it wasn’t gratuitous – it served a purpose in the development of the characters and story. These scenes, while clearly not suitable for a younger audience, belong in this film.
An excellent film, as most have come to expect from Egoyan.
Want to know where the truth lies ?
The two praising reviews I read about this movie forced me to react. I could not agree less with what was written. In my views, this movie could not have been any worse since, at the end of the day, it leaves the viewers with the impression, not only of having wasted both their time and money, but also of having been crooked.
The truth actually lies beneath: Some might interpret this as lack of subtlety or nuance, but, after having thought of this for a couple of hours, I could only come up with the conclusion that this movie is extremely poor in nearly every single way: the script is rather poor, the editing is artificial, misleading and annoying, the acting is extremely poor (at least as far as Alison Lohman is concerned), the music is banal, the costumes and the make up are off.
Indeed, the script is in fact frustratingly simple and should have been the object of a short: a young journalist investigates a crime and unveils the criminal after a couple of interviews. Furthermore, the ending, which reveals why the crime took place, leads to only one conclusion: much ado about nothing.
Secondly, Egoyan has obviously tried to hide the shallowness of the script by over-editing. Indeed, there are numerous flashbacks that obviously aim at making the plot more dense than it really is. In fact, they only make the story more difficult to understand, without making it more appealing.
The truth is that the ending does not surprise anyone, not only because it is not original, but above all because most viewers have lost interest after 40 minutes.
Indeed, they are introduced to a young journalist, Alison Lohman, who is, they are told, a young and unexperienced journalist who is given the task of drafting a one million dollars biography of a TV star. Besides the incongruity of such a situation (why an unexperienced journalist? why so much money for a TV star ? etc.), the extremely poor acting of Alison Lohman makes it difficult for the audience to feel any sympathy: when surprised, she frowns; when upset, she frowns; when aroused, disappointed, sympathizing, sad or happy, she frowns again – and again. Her obvious lack of talent is also exemplified by her off voice that is used all along the movie to explain to the lost audience what Egoyan is aiming at. She tries so hard to sound mysterious that it becomes laughable, especially since the suspense never catches the audience.
She also looks very sexy during the entire movie, for an unexplainable reason: whether at night or noon, whether in the presence of a man or a woman, she is constantly wearing low-cleavage dresses or robes, that are absolutely inappropriate with the situation and which make it even harder to believe. She also insists in typing her article with two inches-long nails which are, as everybody knows, the distinctive sign of a journalist.
Furthermore, during the entire movie, a very loud music, apparently composed exclusively for violins, attempts to increase the non-existing suspense. In fact, it is just plainly annoying.
Overall, the entire movie is extremely tacky, and the only reason for watching it would be the anatomy of Alison Lohman. But that is hardly enough to make a suitable non-pornographic movie.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director Atom Egoyan
Writer Atom Egoyan, Rupert Holmes
Actors Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman
Country Canada, United Kingdom
Awards 2 wins & 10 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo, C- and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Toronto, Canada
Film Length 2,973 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 250D 5246, Vision 500T 5279, Fuji Reala 500D 8592)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm