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Death of a President (2007) Hend Ayoub; Becky Ann Baker; George W. Bush
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The real message of this film is that violence as a means of transforming a society never works. There is relatively little known about the actual killer -- we see only old photographs of him in uniform, a picture of his body after he has shot himself, and discussion of his life by his wife and son -- but it is implied that he killed Bush out of a similar misguided idealism that led Bush to invade Iraq. Ubiquitous protestors throughout the first part of the movie are making this point and their activism, the film hints, itself slides into unacceptable violence, even though the real killer is not part of any protest group. This and the assassination only inspires the state to pass new amendments to the Patriot Act that take away more of our freedoms, leaving everybody worse off.Read more ›
Fake-umentary about someone assassinating President George W. Bush after a speaking engagement. Suspects include a radical protestor known to hate the US government, a former army soldier back from Afghanistan and Iraq and disgruntled at not being able to get help from the VA, and a Syrian immigrant with ties to Al Qaeda and the Syrian army. Despite only circumstantial evidence the Justice Dept railroads the Syrian even though there is no physical evidence linking him to the shooting, no fingerprints on a rifle found at the scene, no contacts with known Al Qaeda suspects in the US, etc. In all, its a fascinating look at how current events and political thought combined with how our news media behaves might influence an assassination. After all, the last one was in 1963 and a lot has changed since then.
Ignore the nay-saying criticism and enjoy this film for what it is. A political thriller done as well as the best.
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).Read more ›
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The fictional trivializing of the assassination of a US president is sickening - especially for those who have lived to see such an act. Extremely poor taste.Published 4 months ago by Kenneth Coplen
A wet dream by obvious Bush haters. Only problem is they never really explored the alternative, i.e. what life would have been like for them under Cheney. Read morePublished 8 months ago by MichaelOne
I would give the editor an Oscar for editing. I live in Chicago and for a while, even for me, the lines between fact and fiction were blurred. Very clever!Published 11 months ago by Mohitosh Sen
I had forgotten about this film, but was reminded when "The Interview" was the news story of the day, so I watched it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by myshopper