Rory Jansen, a struggling writer, aspires to be the next great literary voice. When he discovers a lost manuscript in a weathered attaché case, he realizes he possesses something extraordinary that he desperately wishes he had created. Rory decides to pass the work off as his own and finally receives the recognition he desperately craves. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought as he faces a moral dilemma that will make him take a hard look at the man he has become.
In their directorial debut, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal have crafted a subtle tale that examines how overwhelming desire can lead to unforeseen and unwanted consequences. Bolstered by a strong cast, led by Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons, The Words adeptly assembles multiple narratives that reveal how one man’s lost legacy holds the life of another man captive. –Sundance Film Festival
Why some films fail to find an audience is just one of those mysteries. Romantic dreck like 'The Vow' or 'The Notebook' can be monster hits but smaller films like this or 'Salt of the Sea' just disappear or fade away. A three tier script that is brought to life by strong performances by Cooper, Saldana and especially Ben Barnes. Quaid/Wilde dynamic fails but other two tiers quite strong. Score a little overbearing.