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Archive for October 26th, 2006

Movie Review: Death Of A President

Posted in Latest Stories & Articles by H.L., Main Blog (All Posts) on October 26th, 2006 8:36 pm by HL

I recently got a chance to see the controversial new film “Death of A President.” The movie generated some outrage from the right because it depicted the assassination of Bush.
The left argued that like “The Path to 9/11″ this was a fictional story, not only that, but it is a story you have to pay to go see in a theatre, not one that is being beamed into your home on a major television network during prime time.
The story is exactly as stated, a fictional account that takes place in 2007. Bush is out at an event and gets shot. The movie is pretty much what you would see on one of the networks if it really happened. They even use special effects to make it all look real.
Most of the main focus after the shooting is trying to figure out who did it. First they blame those evil anti-war protesters, and then the attention turns to Muslims.
As I was watching I was trying to figure out what the point of this movie was, and could not come up with anything. The audience in the theatre sat in stone silence perhaps trying to do the same. The only sound made was when it was announced that Cheney would be sworn in when he was located, but no one knew where he was, that drew a laugh as everyone could relate to the infamous bunker dweller. Within a few days Congress passes Patriot Act 3, which makes P.A. 2 tame by comparison,
The only explanation for a purpose to this film I finally came up with was to warn people not to do it. It’s as if they were saying: we know you may want to, but don’t because it will make things even worse. I cringed when Cheney, in a seemingly real computer generated scene, gave the eulogy at the funeral with all the swell things he was saying about the war mongering monkey. Then, in yet another interview clip of his insufferable Karen Hughes like speech writer, this time comparing him to God, I did something I have never done before. I got up and walked out no longer able to stomach all the Bush worship. Perhaps that was the point, if so it worked well but the heavy handedness didn’t do it for me.
So it may be unanimous, if you love Bush you will hate this movie, if you hate bush, you will hate this movie. I guess it is supposed to be some sort of commentary on the times we live in, as if we need another reminder.