Mary Mapes has quite a story to tell. In her 2005 memoirs she tells us that investigating journalism is dead. With everyone having access to internet, it is now possible to install doubt and destroy the work of serious hard-line journalists. In 2004 Mapes (Cate Blanchett) was a reporter and producer for CBS 60 Minutes. Two months before the 2004 Presidential Election, Dan Rather (Robert Redford) aired a story about President George w. Bush’s military records and how through preferential treatment he avoided the draft to Vietnam. But the minute it was aired, right-wing bloggers started putting their own spins on things and tried to disprove the report. It worked. And CBS did nothing to protect Mapes, Rather or anyone connected to the broadcast. Instead the matters were investigated by a legal panel committee filled to the rim with republicans. This is a compelling story and first time director James Vanderbilt does a fine job keeping things moving. But most of the excitement comes from Cate Blanchett. It is such a dry subject but watching Blanchett is fun. She is the one who boosts the cast, who gives the right rhythm and energy to the scenes. Blanchett and Robert Redford work particularly well together. This happened 11 years ago, but I think it is still relevant today.

Rémi-Serge Gratton


Directed by:
James Vanderbilt

Screenplay by:
James Vanderbilt
Based on the book by Mary
Mapes, Truth and duty:
the press, the President
and the privilege of power

Cate Blanchett
Robert Redford
Topher Grace
Elisabeth Moss
Dennis Quaid

121 Min.



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