Instead of viewing more of today's mass-pulp cinema, filled with fictional cardboard-heroes fighting against-all-odds, click into this, the TRUE story of one man who actually DID stand on righteous principle, against a system in-the-wrong, regardless of the personal and professional price that it would eventually extort.
Trumbo, as one of ten Hollywood writers facing the witch-hunt that was McCarthyism, informs the Un-American Activities Congressional panel that, constitutionally speaking, it has no legal right to deny or probe an American citizen's political beliefs, that being the very tyranny from which the First Amendment aims to protect. The price for so informing them, of course, was a Hollywood blacklisting.
This is a surprisingly impressive and moving telling of Trumbo's story. Collated into the archival footage telling the timeline of events are nine A-list actors honoring the man by reciting repeatedly from his personal papers. These monologues make incredibly plain the extraordinarily gifted writing, personal integrity and innermost thoughts of the man as he persevered through being ostracized, blacklisted and imprisoned - and eventually schemed his own redemption.
Also interwoven are scenes from films authored by Trumbo that the viewer here learns are not just high-minded eloquent scriptwork but rather a reflection of Trumbo's personal values, beliefs and actions (eg, the refusals to betray as told in "Spartacus" & "Papillon").
An extension of 1993 stagecraft. All rights to this film were purchased by (the now defunct) Red Envelope Entertainment branch of Netflix.
RECOMMENDATION: Highly worthy intellectual viewing.