Presented by James M. Tate / 4/19/2015 / 1 Comment / 2015 , james franco , jonah hill
JAMES FRANCO & JONAH HILL GET SERIOUS IN TRUE STORY
|2015 rating: **1/2|
As intriguing as it sounds, there’s not much here other than a few talking head scenes between author and convict, bonding together as mind games occur in such a subtle way, their joined synergy isn’t as captivating as Longo obviously was to Finkel, and vice versa. Which doesn’t mean the performances aren’t decent: Jonah Hill gets even more intense than his WOLF OF WALL STREET nomination, especially effective when he calls Longo’s bluff; while Franco, hinting at sinister creepiness, has the potential to stretch outside the box, yet he never really does. And by far the biggest non-fiction irony is saved for last: The flawed writer was fired from The New York Times while the convicted murderer provided sporadic articles to the same paper. Talk about scruples!