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August 30, 2010

Faking news

Filed under: Have you seen this? — Rajeev @ 6:00 pm

A thrilling expose film, Shattered Glass is the true-life, fall-from-grace story of promising 20-something journalist Stephen Glass, who was discovered to have fabricated dozens of stories for leading political journal The New Republic.

Hayden Christensen plays Stephen Glass as an amiable kid, too eager-to-be-liked, a bit of a suck-up, if I might say so. Glass is popular among his colleagues and his editors like him, and he comes up with all these interesting stories. But the bubble bursts when a journalist from another publication begins an investigation against Glass on discovering that some of his facts might have been cooked up in one of his stories.

When called upon by his boss to verify his sources, Glass complies, and that’s really the scariest thing about this case — you discover he’s covered his tracks for this entirely fictionalized story by inventing a string of fake phone numbers, websites and contacts.

Subsequently it’s learnt that Glass has been inventing stories left, right and centre, and doesn’t seem particularly repentant on being exposed.

I recommend this film for its engaging plot, for its dramatic arcs and sequence of events, and for two central performances: Hayden Christensen is fantastic as Stephen Glass, and Peter Sarsgaard constructs a wholly layered character out of Glass’ boss., Chuck Lane.

Thrilling and devastating in equal measure.


  1. man, it was thrilling. I believe if a movie made on plagiarism, then we have a line-up of ‘reporters’ from times of India

    Comment by kiran — September 3, 2010 @ 10:57 am

  2. Rajeev, loves ur reviws; and jst watchd this movie, got it from ur list…. Wow… wishing to complete all your list.. Thnx

    Comment by Sarma — February 12, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

  3. just wanting to congratulate you for such interesting reviews & great movie tips !

    Comment by Nisa — April 25, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

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