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Death of a President (2007) Hend Ayoub; Becky Ann Baker; George W. Bush (2007)

3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA6MQI
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Product Details Language: Arabic, English Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews) ASIN: B000NA6MQI

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What If... April 16, 2007
Finding out all of the angry press that preceded the release of DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, I just knew I had to see it. Unfortunately I couldn't watch it on a big screen, as Regal and Cinemark (the two largest cinema chains in the nation) refused to release it on their screens. In addition to this blow, the film was again hamstrung in its marketing department by CNN and NPR who refused to run ads. Politicians lambasted the film without ever seeing it, including (surprisingly!) Hillary Clinton who called it, "...despicable...", "...absolutely outrageous...", and "...evil..." To say that I was positively drooling to see it would be an understatement! And now that I've watched it I have to ask: What was all the hubbub about? Film makers have made projects with far less taste and were much more politically charged than this mock shockumentary. The most interesting fact is that the film doesn't take a political stance (neither left nor right) but simply explores what might happen if President Bush were assassinated. The phony documentary excellently utilizes stock news footage mixed with CGI and fictional characters/situations. Trying to tell what's real and what's "inserted" is impossible, which bumps this film up a notch in terms of entertainment.

Watching Dick Cheney give a eulogy for 'Dubya' was impressive, too, as the editors sliced and diced pieces of dialogue from Ronald Reagon's funeral in with some later speeches used by the VP.

It was entertaining to see what Cheney might do if confronted with such a situation. The news media coverage of the events were believable and, probably, sadly accurate (on another plain of existence, that is).
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb fictional documentary November 7, 2006
Fantastic, thought-provoking, and taut. Strong words for a film which is a speculative fictional film about the supposed assassination of the President of the United States, and subsequent investigation of the crime. Though drawing controversy over its realism and incorporation of contemporary issues (the Patriot Act, US presence in Iraq, public dissatisfaction with George Bush, Jr's term in office), the film is at its heart a suspense tale, building drama over how and why the crime occurs.

Ignore the nay-saying criticism and enjoy this film for what it is. A political thriller done as well as the best.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Political Thriller as Cinema Vérité November 24, 2007
The fictional "Death of a President" (2006) has more plausibility and resonance a year after its initial release. Despite the occasional heavy-handedness of his fauxumentary approach, director/co-writer Gabriel Range reveals some provocative truths about America and its reaction to a hypothetical assassination. Now that the controversy and critical brickbats have died down, this flawed but fascinating film can be seen in a more objective light.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film January 17, 2007
I loved this film and cannot wait to add it to my DVD collection. It was troubling. I read one reviewer who thought the idea of killing the president was horrible. I contend that we are all mortal. We are all going to die. In this case the Iraq war was the grim reaper claiming the citizens of Iraq, soldiers, and a whole host of combatants. All of those lives more than deserve the same considerations as the President. The fact that a suspect was pick up on the premise of the bad Arab was also troubling. This film made me think about the equality of consequences. We all must face them sooner or later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ex Post Facto April 6, 2007
DEATH OF A PRESIDENT is most assuredly a film that will cause boisterous anger among those who are reacting to the title. It is an 'imagined documentary' about the assassination of President Bush on October 19, 2007, using this 'event' to explore the manner in which the US government copes with such a proposed event. In ways it echoes the JFK assassination, an event that still is under scrutiny as to why it happened and who was ultimately responsible.

Using actual footage of President Bush at an Economic conference in Chicago along with reporters and actors who supply the drama, the film 'shows' the assassination and the aftermath with the subsequent frightening state of Cheney as President. But the emphasis is on how the driver of the story is placing blame, finding a perpetrator and then convincing Washington and the public why the event happened. It is terrifyingly believable.

But few will see the film this way - a possibility and a series of consequences that might result. Perhaps it is better to quote the writer/director Gabriel Range who seems to sum it up best: "I have always known that I would be condemned for the very idea of this film, but I believe that sometimes it is not only acceptable for art to be outrageous - it is necessary. We live in a time of incredible fear... The advance condemnation of this film by politicians and pundits who have not seen - and may never see - this film reflects the landscape of fear in which we live today, and which my film attempts to address." Enough said. Grady Harp, April 07
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Technically Brilliant, But A Too-Expected Plot April 6, 2007
The problem with a fictionalized documentary is how difficult it can be to keep the topic and persons depicted relevant when it takes place in a "future" that never happened. I'm not a technical nit-picker, but when people who are really gone now show up in a film depicting events from this upcoming October, it can be a bit jarring. This is a small thing. The fact that the Democratic party is making the war that much harder an issue for the President than now than I'd believe they would be "then" is much harder. This sums up the great flaw in this picture - the fact that America is more than a little awake enough to block even more draconian laws which may be suggested in the face of an assassinated executive.

In truth, "Death of a President" is captivating in its approach. Technically, it is dazzling as well. We've seen this footage before, but when "reconcepted," reality is much more jarring. How its done is well covered in one of the extras on the DVD - they list it as "interviews," but actually it's a mini behind-the-scenes featurette, but it does have a feel of reality when watched on the television. It was, after all, a made-for-TV movie in England. The film plays better that way rather than on the big screen. I only wish it had been criticized here for that rather than on the conceit, because it shoudl've been measured on merit alone. Americans, it seems, are a little too sensitive for cutting edge "reality fiction."

It should've been also critiqued on the script, which seems to suffer from the all-too-familiar "let's bash Americans for being too reactionary." True, after the events of September 11, the majority of my fellow countrymen overreacted in fear, which is understandable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by Karen Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLD ON TO YOUR SEATS . . . . .!!
This is a must see movie full on everything!! It builds slow but once it gets going it's on the way!!
Published 18 months ago by Soul's Ladybug
3.0 out of 5 stars Death of a dvd...
I just received this dvd in the mail when I heard a sound I never like. The disc was loose inside the case, luckly I got to the disc before horrible damage was done. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Scott Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting, but could have done much more
Bear in mind that I didn't find out about this film until 5 years after it was released, and over 2 years after Bush left office, so I'm bringing a different perspective to it than... Read more
Published on August 22, 2011 by John Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars Death of a President: death by papercut
This may have been the worst film I have ever seen but to be fair I have only been watching films for 50 years. Read more
Published on January 11, 2011 by J. Carpenter
2.0 out of 5 stars far left film also pretty boring
this was not too exciting , u can tell the anti war pro Muslim message to it
Published on June 14, 2010 by Austin Mejia
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a President
This was a good afternoon's entertainment for $3 or so and I didn't have to run back to RedBox to return it. Read more
Published on April 11, 2010 by Beryl B. Franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Techincally Astounding, But the Writing Is Weak
I remember a few years ago when DEATH OF A PRESIDENT was touring the film festival circuit. People on the political left hailed it as a monumental and groundbreaking piece of... Read more
Published on April 6, 2009 by tvtv3
4.0 out of 5 stars Initial impression was wrong.
My initial impression regarding this film was that it is some sort of political propaganda, but after finishing it I have discovered that I was wrong. Read more
Published on April 29, 2008 by Christopher R
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Utterly Fascinating
This is one of those movies so brilliant in its conception, so smart and skillful in its execution (pardon the pun), and so disturbing in its implications that any intelligent... Read more
Published on November 23, 2007 by Scott E. Miller
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