Jonah Hill tempts a third Oscar nomination as Mike Finkel, the disgraced former New York Times journalist who struck up a bizarre friendship with Christian Longo (Franco), who used the writer’s name as an alias while on the run following the murder of his wife and three children. As the trial looms, Finkel is drawn into Longo’s confidence, imagining a true-crime bestseller in the vein of In Cold Blood. But is Longo truly innocent, or a sly, cynical manipulator? The former comedy co-stars (Knocked Up, This is the End) are superbly cast in this fascinating, fact-based story, which dredges the morally murky waters of journalistic integrity, media manipulation and narcissistic compulsion.
Former comedic co-stars Hill and Franco (both Oscar nominees) are superbly cast in this fascinating, fact-based story about the mutable relationship between the media and the truth.