A tense, absorbing and clear-sighted true-story drama starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford
A tense, absorbing and clear-sighted true-story drama starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford.
On the eve of the 2004 US presidential election, Blanchett’s CBS news producer Mary Mapes made a 60 Minutes programme questioning George W Bush’s dubious military record. Did he dodge the Vietnam draft? Did he go AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard?
Right-wing politicians turned their fire on Mapes and the show’s host, Redford’s legendary US newscaster Dan Rather, with fateful consequences for all involved. Anchored by a blazing performance by Blanchett and a sturdy Redford, writer-director James Vanderbilt’s film proves both gripping and rousing as Mapes and her team (played by Elisabeth Moss, Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid) strive to nail down the veracity of their story, only to find undeniable proof slipping from their grasp as witnesses recant and revelatory documents are denounced as forgeries.