True Story is a 2015 American mystery drama film directed by Rupert Goold in his directorial debut. The screenplay was written by Goold and David Kajganich.
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Kevin Hart plays Kid, a comedian who rose from nothing to become rich and famous, in True Story, his most recent Netflix release. While audiences may initially believe this is to establish parallels to his own life, and while there are crumbs of truth to that statement (such as the intense, hectic schedules that both Kid and Kevin face on a daily basis), it is primarily rooted in fiction.
Throughout the seven episodes, viewers see things go from good to bad to worse as a tour stop in Philadelphia and a chance to see his brother leads Kid into some serious trouble that could ruin his career if it became public. The complexity of the situation grows as the story progresses.
What began as an attempt to cover up an overdose of a woman Kid had slept with becomes an anxious quest to hide the body of Ari, a Greek mob boss. Kid murdered Ari after he attempted to extort Kid for six million dollars in exchange for disposing of the body of a said woman.
The death of Ari sets off a chain of events that adds more and more tension to every scene as Kid and his brother, Carlton (played by Wesley Snipes), fight to keep things hidden from the public. As a result, Ari’s two brothers end up murdering Kid’s superfan, Gene, who is framed by Carlton as a way to tie up multiple loose ends at once.
Unfortunately for Carlton, this backfires, and Ari’s brothers discover they have been duped. In the final episode of the show, they attempt to confront and kill Carlton as well as Kid in a fit of rage. The kid and Carlton are trapped in a hallway with the assailants after a shootout at the Wells Fargo Center.
Fortunately for them, Kid discovers an opportunity to murder both of Ari’s brothers. Relieved, Carlton begins to discuss how he will accept responsibility for everything before being shot dead by Kid himself.
Review: True Story
There’s a lot to like in this feature debut from British stage director Rupert Goold, who adds a polished touch to a nascent two-hander subgenre: the perilous journalistic interview. Two misfits meet in an Oregon jail.
Chris Longo (James Franco) is on trial for the murder of his family. The other character, journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill), is looking for redemption. Longo used Finkel’s name as an alias to evade an FBI manhunt, which Finkel discovers not long after his feature for The New York Times, built on fabrications, has turned his byline into the mud.
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You could think of a killer’s use of your name as an alias as a semi-random act of convenience. However, certain personality types will see it as homage, spiritual kinship, and possible vindication. In her classic study, The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcolm dissects this type, advising reporters who find someone like Longo to “flee and hope a more suitable subject turns up soon.”
The real Finkel wrote a book about his experience, chronicling a relationship of diminishing returns that begins with him telling his doppelgänger, “I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching lately.”
He then suggests to this serial liar and potential child killer, “Perhaps you could tell me what it’s like to be me.” (See also: Memoirist Narcissism Disorder.)