Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers. —IMDB
A slow first half that, once the criticism of the report starts, changes to an intense, tense thriller that raises very serious questions about the role and nature of journalism in modern society. Cate Blanchett is brilliant as Mary Mapes. The rest of the cast is ok although I didn’t find Robert Redford always convincing as Dan Rather, the news anchor. It’s a serious drama with important issues to explore although one wonders whether it sacrifices real-life complexity for the sake of a good story — now that’d be ironic!