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|Laufzeit:||Approx. 126 min.|
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Cincinnati, 1998: Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) has a good chance of a great career as a business lawyer. But a new client could ruin those chances abruptly. At the request of his mother, he meets a farmer (Bill Camp) in rural Parkersburg whose animals have mysteriously died. The farmer is sure that the chemical company DuPont - a client of the law firm Rob works for - is responsible for the death of the animals. In fact, Rob quickly finds evidence that the company could be involved in a monstrous environmental scandal. With the backing of his boss (Tim Robbins) and his wife (Anne Hathaway), the lawyer gets involved in a fight against a powerful giant - a fight for justice that could cost him much more than just his reputation.
Based on true events, director Todd Haynes tells a stirring David versus Goliath story around the so-called Teflon scandal. The film is atmospherically densely staged and just played brilliantly by Mark Ruffalo. Nevertheless, it must be said that the dramaturgical structure is very conventional. "Poisoned Truth" is the prime example of a typical business thriller. This is not really surprising, but still extremely stirring. After all, the subject doesn't just concern any farmer in the USA, but all of us who prepare our food in coated pans and pots. What you get to know about it in this movie, which unfortunately is irrefutable, makes you really shiver. And one asks oneself: Why is this not a much more intensively discussed and treated topic in public, politics and media?
Haynes also painfully reveals how the legal system - not only, but especially in the USA - works for large corporations with the corresponding political lobby. This is extremely frustrating and discouraging. All the more great, of course, when there are people like Rob Bilott who are not deterred by this and who do everything they can to make the "poisoned truth" public. Surely, films like this have been seen many times before. Nevertheless, filmmakers should definitely stick to such topics, which affect millions of people and which would like to be swept under the carpet. Yes, one certainly has the feeling that one has seen individual elements in a similar way many times before. And yet it's important that there are films like this - films that inform, shake you up, and entertain you at the same time.
Because Haynes manages that very, very well here, despite long dialogues. His drama is a bit tough in parts, but never really boring. Until the end, people feverishly wait to see whether Bilott can hold his own against the chemical giant, hoping to be allowed to leave the cinema in the belief that there really is a chance that justice can prevail not only in the film but also in reality. A well-played, grippingly narrated and content-wise important film and therefore: Absolutely worth seeing!
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