By Julie Griffin
The subject of lying, is not exactly a controversial subject. After all, is silence about something crucial to protecting the innocent? ~ While Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) teaches his students at Homeland Security the ways to tell whether someone is lying or not, he also helps to solve crimes through the method he uses. A fictitious television series, Tim Roth plays a realistic colleague of enough scholarly intent to logically figure out the truth behind a lie. This story ends with a strange and bizarre twist nearly unbelievable. And as Dr. Lightman clearly states at the conclusion of the film, “The truth will set you free.” And yet the song sings it just as well. It’s easier to lie. Following the procedural crime drama gives viewers a chance to try their wits at guessing why the liar is lying. In short, Dr. Lightman wants people to lie to him so that he can find out the truth.
The average person tells three lies per average conversation, according to the scientist who learned the technique on his own, by living in the jungles of Africa and studying the expressions of tribesmen. He uses this as some leveredge to get a guilty man to talk (the classic one sided shrug, which is one signal of a lie), and talk he does. Through the communication of angry emotion, and despite the demand of his counsel to stay silent, Dr. Cal Lightman is able to get to the bottom of a location for a pipe bomb, and save one church congregation from a possible disaster. Able to engage a prisoner and a suspect regarding bombs set in churches, he entices a kind of scorn that reveals the truth. Making a reference to the O.J. Trial during his lecture, he shows photographs which define the sincere from the hypothetical. Whether a suburban housewife or a hardened criminal, certain emotions seem to evoke certain facial expressions, and sometimes even something like a few other types of expressions, one of which is a micro-expression.
When a sixteen-year old boy is accused of killing his teacher, the professor attempts to find out why he tells the truth about some things, and a lie about others. The truth, he teaches is written on all faces. And then, even concealed scorn, he asserts means if you see this look in your spouse, your marriage is over. Other determinations while the team of detectives explore the case involve some facts such as the literary issue of his father wanting to censor classic historical works like, The Color Purple, for religious regions. The boy’s classmates reactions to James’ possible murder of his teacher evoke at least one female classmate to state her confusion over the matter ~ But her emotions clear, she lies boldfaced to Dr. Lightman about having any.
The film, while actually a television series is interesting and although dark in nature considering the circumstances, is somewhat educational and informative, and if nothing else, for social reasons alone. However, the series is light and compared to most mystery and detective stories, easy enough to follow while still stating a clear defense of plot devise. I’ve dated a lot of men, states Miss Torres when asked if she believes she can do the job Dr. Lightman’s assistant offers her. Lightman started his own large and highly technical detective business after he left the Department of Defense. Roth although vibrant while a part of Pulp Fiction, seems at home in the role of a spy detective here.
“I am a man of God,” claims James’ father. Extreme exploration of the personality of the father of James’ however uncovers some of his more secret and angry behavior at church and with others. And while it is difficult for the daughter of Mr. Lightman to maintain a social life, in light of his complete interrogation of her every visitor ~ The more important gyst of the story goes back to James’ father and some secret information, which is a specific clue to breaking the case. The problem with another part of the examinations encounters some definite problems with story order.
One woman has the answers behind the truth. But the problem seems to be her willingness to come forth. And although this is her own relative, uncovering the details of the case, proves difficult. Apparently, James has some problems because of his father. But the father lies and refuses and decides to hold back evidence and information crucial to the case. He applies a religious stance to the boy’s natural development process, and it seems that this refusal to deal with some natural education at all of the right points and places, led James to perform an act that leads to a preponderance of the evidence. For a fictional film, most of the factual information seems to follow well, and while of course all of the investigators and other subjects are actors and actresses, the clips of the show which are just a few years old, seem to have good seasonal success.
As the story progresses, Connie, the school teacher seemed a normal enough teacher. But the detectives who are trying to find out who outside of James really harmed (murdered) the woman, brings Mr. Weil, the senator to focus. At first, they thought the senator was a suspect. He decides to resign from his job once a child he fathered while in college is revealed by the detectives. He does not want the press to humiliate his daughter as an illegitimate child. Also, he is ashamed of having not been in her life all of these years Once Weil found out that this young girl working at a night club is actually this daughter, he reentered her life in order to start a healthy relationship as her father, and to rehabilitate her, claiming his newly found relationship with her is more important than his job.