When it really gets cooking, however, is once Trumbo makes it out jail. Roach eases up on the prestige drama gleam and the film settles into a less universal, but infinitely more engrossing picture about how Trumbo and fellow blacklisted writers re-infiltrate Hollywood using pen names and fronts. Coupled with a game cast (featuring Louis CK, John Goodman, and Alan Tudyk), Roach's natural comedic chops go to work crafting an inside-baseball look at what a hustle filmmaking really is. It turns into this charming, clandestine heist movie as Trumbo's new (more modest) home becomes something of a screenwriting trap house, complete with multiple phone lines, couriers, and late-night grinding sessions. It's somewhere between Cranston's former Heisenberg operation from "Breaking Bad" and how you might imagine rapper Drake's basement operates—an army of nameless scribes pooling their talent in service of a single man's ignoble quest for greatness.