"Where the Truth Lies" is the controversial and sexy film that features a three-way between Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Rachel Blanchard, which earned the film an NC-17 rating. Why the MPAA is so obsessed with sex is beyond me, but thankfully that NC-17 rating might garner enough buzz to get people to actually watch this smart little film.
Alison Lohman, who continues to pick quality films, stars in her most adult role to date, as a beautiful journalist seeking the truth about the suspicious death of a girl 15 years earlier in the hotel room of her two celebrity idols, Lanny Morris (Bacon) and Vince Collins (Firth). No one is innocent in this film, which has the performers as women-crazy socialites whose friendship forces them to hide and manipulate people to keep the truth hidden. Lohman lies and seduces her way to the truth, even if she too is being seduced at the same time. Rachel Blanchard, who plays the not-so-alive Maureen O'Flaherty, is equally morally challenged. All in all, it's the kind of story I like.
Unfortunately, I was trying to get work done while watching this movie, so I didn't watch it as closely as I needed to. The movie is a mystery, and has a fair amount of subtle twists and allusions to things that happened. The ending is a bit of a weak escape in my opinion, but everything leading up to it works effectively. The dynamic between all of the characters is terrific, and that's the most important part.
"Where the Truth Lies" has an intriguing story, and supported by a terrific cast that work well together (or play off each other), it is definitely worth watching. Nevertheless, it is never without its flaws, and as ambitious as the filmmakers are they seem to shy away from being bold at the end.
"Where the Truth Lies" never quite reaches its potential, but comes close at times.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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