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Nothing But The Truth by Larry Groupé

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Nothing But The Truth (Soundtrack) by Larry Groupé

Nothing But The Truth
Composed by Larry Groupé
Promo Release (2008)

Rating: 5/10

 


 

“Unlike the sumptuously moving score for THE CONTENDER, this score won't garner a lot of attention; however, if [NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH] somehow receives an official release and you live or fantasize about a life of serious political intrigue or are simply in need of unobtrusive music to help you focus on your own Pulitzer-prize winning article, then, truth be told, this one might just be a fit.”

Truth Be Told
Review by Christopher Coleman

One of 2008’s better political thrillers is going to go unseen (and unheard) by moviegoers. With Yari Film Group Releasing's filing for Chapter 11 just prior to it's debut, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, will likely see only the most limited of releases. Months down the road though, the general public will be able to treat themselves to another Rob Lurie special – filled with political intrigue and human drama. The ensemble performance of Kate Beckinsale (who’s American accent ever impresses), Vera Farmiga, Alan Alda, and Matt Dillon may also be the best of the year and quietly undergirding the familiar storyline is familiar musical collaborator, LARRY GROUPE.

Director and writer Rob Lurie looks into the recent past for his most recent poli-thriller, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH.  Pulling from the volumes of twists and intrigue from the Valerie Plame/ C.I.A. Affair from 2003, Lurie crafts a story that mirrors many of the major points from the real-world scandal that rocked the Bush Administration and made "Scooter Libby" a household name.  Rob Lurie's tale also centers around the breaking of a newspaper-story that reveals the identity of a C.I.A. operative.  As a result, the article's author, Rachel Armstrong (Beckinsale) quickly comes under fire by the government to reveal her source.  As we well know now, divulging the identity of such operatives is a Federal offense and the the source of such leaks must be found and punished accordingly.  In the case of NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, Rachel Armstrong's refuses to comply by making her source known. She consequently loses everything dear to her, finds herself in jail and eventually even in the highest courts in the land. NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH  is small in scale but huge in intrigue and the convincing performances of every key character help to grab and keep attention all the way up to it’s unforeseen conclusion.

Political thrillers usually go in one of two directions these days. In terms of their original scores they are either the dramatic-action-ethnic sort or the contemporary minimalist type. Perhaps Rob Lurie and LARRY GROUPE’S most famous collaboration to date has been, THE CONTENDER, in which we were treated to one of Groupé’s more memorable, patriotic themes. In the case of NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, the latter technique is employed. Within the film itself, Larry Groupé’s score moves along stealthily until the most dramatic moments of the film. Rather than grand, sweeping symphonic movements, this score is principally composed of guitar, piano, a small string ensemble, and various atmospheric effects.

Receiving the original score promo, I was genuinely surprised as to how much music was written for the film. When viewing the film, the music certainly doesn’t call attention to itself and so my expectation for the promo was for a few short cues at best. Through the early stages of the film and respective tracks we quickly hear Groupé’s basic palette. By far the most prominent instrument of the score is the guitar. Whether playing simple motifs or as harmonic backdrops, the guitar is found in nearly every track. At times the guitar is played light an innocently in tracks such as “Main Title” (1) or “The Fateful Bus” (16) and at other times is pensive such as in “Story Breaks" (4) , “ Chambers” (7). Additionally, LARRY Groupé delivers several oft-used guitar riffs which appear in various forms throughout the film. In “Meet the Press” (8) he introduces a new guitar motif which is played quickly lively only to reprise elements of it in "Erica VS C.I.A." (10) only at a much slower tempo and even more subtly. As Groupé also does this with short piano motifs elsewhere providing a cohesiveness that is likely to register more on the subconscious level for audiences.

If the endless coverage of the Valerie Plame/Scooter Libby ordeal was not personal enough for you, then Rob Lurie’s NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH deserves your attention. It’s a well told story with some superior acting performances that just might help to peer into some of the motivations and prices paid by those involved in our real-world-leak-story.  It's the story and its telling that deliver the meat of the movie-experience here and so the score is definitely in a clearly supporting role that might be overlooked by some.  This type of film doesn’t warrant much different; however, some of the more intense moments such as defense lawyer, Albert Burnside's (Alda), argument at the Supreme Court or Rachel's goodbye with her son, each would not have been harmed by a bit stronger musical presence. NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH is the sort of score that won't fare too well if it is only experienced out of it's context.  Those of you who see the film are certainly more likely to find the subtleties appreciable. Unlike the sumptuously moving score for THE CONTENDER, this score won't garner a lot of attention; however, if it somehow receives an official release and you live or fantasize about a life of serious political intrigue or are simply in need of unobtrusive music to help you focus on your own Pulitzer-prize winning article, then, truth be told, this one might just be a fit.
 

Rating: 5/10

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Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 Main Title 1:10  ***
2 Erica VS Rachel 1:25  **
3 Soccer Game 1:44  ***
4 Story Breaks 0:55  **
5 Intake 4:09  ***
6 First Night 1:07  **
7 Chambers 2:22  **
8 Meet the Press 1:34  **
9 Knock Knock 1:56  **
10 Erica VS C.I.A. 3:13  **
11 Albert's Speech 2:20  **
12 Shake Down 1:33  **
13 Released 1:37  ***
14 Principal and the Person 1:56  **
15 Soccer Mom Threat 1:19  **
16 The Fateful Bus 1:48  ***
  Total Running Time (approx) 30 minutes  

 

 

 
   

 

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