Ray is an accomplished screenwriter (would go on to write Captain Phillips a decade later among other works
Half of the reviews mention all the president’s men and it’s a nice flip side of the coin with the dangers of rogue journalism—it’s also a good pairing with Soderbergh’s the informant! (2009) with the serial liar—a very complex well formulated character study here (both for Christensen’s glass character and Sarsgaard’s character as well
The two storylines of the main characters are brought up and unfold smartly- with a nice payoff at the end—parallel editing of who should really be getting the applause at the end
Sarsgaard is masterful. He’s especially brilliant in volatile sequences with Christensen and sevigny
This film is such as terrific study in office politics
I’ve always had a fascination with con artists and I do consider Steven Glass to be a con artist even if money only seemed to be a secondary motivation for his crimes
I loved Sarsgaard performance, I’ve read a lot about this scandal and the real life Sarsgaard said much of the films later scenes were word for word accounts of what happened between him and Steven Glass.
@James Trapp- Thanks for the comment here. I’ve seen this little film at least five times. One I keep going back to for some reason.
@Drake – same, it obviously does not have much in the way of visuals but it works great as a character study of a pathological liar. It is fascinating to see the way Glass is able to manipulate all of his co-wokers (with the exception of Sarsgaard’s Chuck Lane who is the only one to see through all of his lies and manipulations)
The film even has some elements of a political thriller but wisely does not over do it.