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

3.6 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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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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  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA6MQI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,344 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I purchased "Death of a President" because I had also seen "The Interview." "Death" is the only other movie made this century about the assassination of a sitting (as George Bush was in 2006, when the movie was made) head of state, but it could not be more different from "The Interview." "The Interview" is a comedy while "Death" is very dramatic. More importantly, however, in "The Interview" things get decisively better for the people of North Korea after their head of state is killed, whereas in "Death" things get marginally worse for the American people (and decisively worse for the patsy selected as villain of the year). The real killer shot himself just after killing Bush, leaving a suicide note implying his responsibility for the assassination, but it's more convenient to President Cheney to blame a Syrian immigrant who was tricked into coming to an Afghan al-Qaeda camp years earlier, who is sentenced to die for the crime.

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.
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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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First, I liked the movie, thought it was pretty well made, using grainy, shaky-cam photography combined with actual stock footage and "Forrest Gump effects" to look like an actual documentary covering the assassination of a President. Not sure what the director's message was but it appears to be some kind of narrative about Americans' rushing to judgement before all the facts are in.

>>>SPOILER ALERT<<<

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.
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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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The movie is billed as a mystery on Amazon. As a mystery it doesn't really work: its not a rivetting whodunit. The movie works because it is a mostly accurate depiction of how the assassination of a President would be covered. The movie provides social and political commentary, but in a way that feels organic to the story and not heavy handed.
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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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