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That is the plot premise and the story unfolds well-acted and grippingly. It was like a book one can not put down. There are numerous byplays - the Secret Service and the people in the diner, the President and his staff, the Prez and foreign heavies, the press, and so forth. A low-budget affair, shot almost entirely in that diner and with nil whiz-bang special effects, writing and acting carry the day.
Yes, what happens in this tale stretches the imagination, and only for that reason do I give this film four stars vice five. Still, if you like stories which grab and hold you, this compact film is worth your time.
The film's live scenes are staged on a single set -- a typical roadside diner. Over the length of the film, with cinematic cleverness and imaginative camera angles and lighting, the entire story is told. The President of the US on the road campaigning for re-election is caught in a freak snowstorm. High winds and low visibility preclude helicopter travel, so POTUS is stuck in the diner.
As the President learns of his Colorado victory, and while he waits for snow removal to dig him out of the snow and get him to Air Force One, a critical situation half a world away requires his immediate attention and action. The diner in a matter of just a few short minutes becomes a mobile situation room. No spoilers here as to what the crisis is, but it is fair to say the threat is nuclear.
The film's plot is tight, the script gripping, and the acting impressive. Tim Hutton fans will enjoy his quite convincing slippery campaign manager performance. Other performances, too many to note here, were excellent and well cast. If my memory serves, several of the actors in the film were nominated for supporting actor Oscars.
If you are fortunate and purchase the version of the DVD that contains the director's comments, I STRONGLY recommend that you listen to the comments only AFTER you see the movie. This is one movie where you don't want to create your own spoilers. See the film as it was intended and released, and by all means pass the popcorn.
Kevin Pollack is the President. Seeing him play this part, I honestly believed that the role was made for him. His way of expressing determination when speaking to IBS while in the diner when making his speech...and speaking directly to the Iraqi people...was earth-shattering. I truly believe that no one else could have played that role to the degree it was played.
Timothy Hutton was superb in his role as well. His character argued against the President when needed, and recoiled when necessary.
All of the roles were superb, right down to Sean Astin as the smart-mouthed punk. I must, however, give exceptional credit to the man who portrayed the anchor on IBS. When I learned he was a local TV weatherman, I was shocked. He could easily handle a news anchor desk...and should be doing so.
The most extraordinary part of this film was that it was all shot inside the diner, never changing scenes.
I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants a feature that will literally glue them to their chairs. You won't even want to blink for fear of missing something. My favorite scene is the dialogue when Pollack is speaking to the Iraqi representative:
Iraqi: "Mr. President, understand this: We have the oil. We have the power."
Pollack: "I have the match." (slams phone receiver down, cutting connection)
If THAT isn't tension, someone please tell me what is.
If my writing ever goes to screen...I want this writer, director, and producer on it. They know how to write, direct, and produce a movie that is well worthy of academy award nominations and trophies.
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Would be great to see this theatrically. All acting no special effects, was like a breath of fresh air.Published 7 months ago by Warren
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