#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime.
Plot: A fictional investigative documentary looks back on the “assassination” of George W. Bush and attempts to answer the question of who committed the murder. Perhaps less morbid and disturbing to watch now than during Bush’s presidency, the film doesn’t address Bush’s policies at all, instead focusing on the way a nation assigns blame in a time of crisis.
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Set aside the incendiary title… What remains?
“Death of a President” is a truly original and intriguing ‘future documentary’ about an event that hasn’t happened yet. It is a reflection on the events surrounding the October 2007 assassination of George W. Bush in a Chicago hotel.
That future time is portrayed with an escalation of the anti-war fervor and a growing concern over the dangers posed by North Korea.
The film flips between staged scenes, real footage & documentary style interviews. It does a fine job of seamlessly blending those pieces to create a very plausible “precreation”.
It is interesting watching this film on October 9th, 2006… a day which began with news of North Korea’s first nuclear test. The first twenty minutes of the film are dotted with mentions of that scenario.
There are some chilling scenes in this film… especially early on, when you get a real sense of the protesters being contained and beaten down by Chicago police in full riot gear.
After a political speech in the hotel, the President is ushered down a standard meet-and-greet rope-line. It is at this point that the film lives up to its name. Shots are fired and one of the most frenzied scenes of any film this year ensues. Bush is thrown into a waiting limo, which speeds off to the nearest hospital. The crowd at the rope line is panicked beyond recognition. The FBI launches into gear. The media machine revs its engines. And the Chicago skyline lights the night air as an eerie sense of history-in-the-making takes hold.
Later that night, newscasters announce the death of George W. Bush and the film transposes into an FBI procedural… A virtual whodunit for us viewers. It feels very much like a David Mamet plot crossed with an Oliver Stone concept. It truly is a wonderfully imaginative idea played out with great skill and cinematic artistry.
OK – The secondary question in reviewing this film is this… Is it wrong? Is it morally questionable to have such a premise be the focal point of a film? Is it in bad taste?
Well, I have always been one to follow Roger Ebert’s mandate that, “It is not always what a film is about, but how it is about it.” I try not to pass judgment on the subject, but on the skill of the film itself.
However, this is a very brazen subject. Even for a Bush-hating liberal like me, this approaches the line, if indeed it doesn’t cross it. It comes dangerously close to going too far.
That being said, I think it stops short of that line and delivers a legitimate scenario that merits people’s attention. I believe this film earns the right to touch on this subject. It is a quality film and should not be thought of as a sensationalistic attempt to shock audiences.
Back to the plot… The film analyzes the hunt for suspects and forensic evidence. It follows the investigation all the way to a murder trial. I will not detail the story any further.
What this film does brilliantly is to shade the discussion toward issues like the Patriot Act, Homeland Security futility, the right to privacy, the right to a fair trial, and the apathy of the American public to seek truth and justice. It hints at Governmental manipulation, a wag the dog mentality. It tells personal stories of civilians and soldiers and suspects and Presidential aides. This film has a tremendously broad scope considering the budget.
“Death of a President” meanders patiently toward a conclusion you will probably not expect. This is a very thoughtful film that wants us to think carefully about the consequences of future terrorism. It asks us to contemplate the futility of such a crime and the repercussions it would have on future generations. In fact, it very much condemns this scenario as the worst thing that could happen.
I was riveted by this film. It is not just a scream for attention with a daring title. It has something very important to say and it says it very eloquently. That it dramatizes the assassination of a sitting President only adds to the palpable tension and urgency of its message. I think that “Death of a President” is one of the best and most important films of 2006. Go out of your way to see it as soon as you can!
© Written by TC Candler IndependentCritics.com
It Makes Its Point In A Perhaps Questionable Manner
I get the point of the movie. In the current day post 9/11 United States there’s so much fear and paranoia that restricting the rights of American citizens in the name of greater security is considered a patriotic act, and after any traumatic event the automatic reaction will be to look for and find a scapegoat (if possible, a Muslim) to place the blame on and then doggedly stick to that conclusion even if the evidence starts to clearly point otherwise. I get that. In the last 20 minutes or so of the movie that point is made very well and very powerfully. To me, though, the lead in to that last 20 minutes was problematic at best.
The movie is a “mockumentary” about the events leading up to and following the hypothetical assassination of U.S. President George W. Bush. If I recall, some found it very distasteful that a movie would portray the assassination of a sitting (at the time) president. I’m not sure whether or not I’d call it distasteful, but to me it lost a lot of its potential power by portraying an event that didn’t happen – and by treating it all so seriously. I couldn’t take this seriously. Not when I knew that all of the events being portrayed were totally a product of the imagination. For that reason above all else this just did not work for me.
I get the point of the movie. The U.S. government is willing to use any event (foreign or domestic) to increase its powers and to curtail the liberty of its citizens – and all in the name of “freedom.” The point was made clearly, and so it was made well. But I do at least question whether the vehicle used to make that point was appropriate, and in any event I’m not in particular a fan of mockumentaries. (3/10)
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Gabriel Range
Writer Gabriel Range, Simon Finch, Angeli Macfarlane
Actors Hend Ayoub, Becky Ann Baker, George W. Bush
Country United Kingdom
Awards 6 wins & 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length 2,671 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 16 mm, Video (HDTV) (primary format), Video (NTSC)
Cinematographic Process Betacam (archive footage), DV, Digital Betacam, HDCAM, Super 16, VHS (archive footage)
Printed Film Format 35 mm