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Death of a President 2006 123movies

Oct. 27, 200697 Min.
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Watch: Death of a President 2006 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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

Review By: tccandler
Brilliantly paced and believably conducted all around
Gabriel Range’s Death of a President is one of the most interesting “what if” films I have seen in a great while. I imagine Range and co-writer Simon Finch sitting up one night talking about, at that time, the current US President George W. Bush, his policies, the controversial Iraq War, and the economy which, at that time, was starting to show signs of wear. In the midst of discussing all the controversy and the divisiveness surrounding Bush and his policies, perhaps Range asked Finch, “what if someone attempted to assassinate Bush and succeeded?” The question presumably wasn’t asked out of smite but out of realism, in that Bush’s approval ratings were dropping and opinions on the president were stronger than they had ever been before. Maybe after the presumed question was asked, Range and Finch discussed how news outlets would report it, how certain hot button issues, like civil liberties and racial profiling, would be affected, and how life as we know it in the United States of America would change.

Death of a President is an intriguing motion picture, and if you get caught up or offended by the assassination of George W. Bush (which is shown in the film) and dismiss the film based on that, congratulations, your ignorance is showing. The film isn’t a hate-filled critique of the president, nor is it an encouragement of such violence; it’s a realistic mockumentary pragmatically dealing with the scenario of President Bush being assassinated and the repercussions that would arise.

The film conducts itself like a documentary on the assassination, with numerous interviews from executives of the FBI, witness accounts, and the families of those who were charged for the assassination or believed to be involved in some way. The scenario concocted is that George W. Bush was in Chicago, Illinois on October 19, 2007, addressing economic forum at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel when Bush was shot by a sniper following his address. We are shown anti-war protests taking place in Chicago on a grandscale, often trying to assault the president while he is riding in his bulletproof vehicle in the events leading up to his speech. Following the assassination, Jamal Abu Zikri (Malik Bader), an Syrian man who works as an IT professional, becomes the prime suspect in a costly and widespread investigation as to the motives and the events leading up to the assassination.

Range expertly paces the film from the get-go, establishing the “who, what, where, when, and how’s” of the environment Bush was in and takes its time to build up suspense, despite this being a documentary. The intriguing part about this mockumentary is that, obviously, if this happened, many would know the story and know the details surrounding the assassination; however, being that this is fictional, we are essentially watching a monumental event unfold a year after it has happened, which makes us feel like we were frozen in time and are being told how all this occurred and how we are now effected by such a ghastly event.

Range and Finch then use news clips to address how the nation reacts to the death of George W. Bush before going on to detail the investigation into the crime, showing Middle Eastern racial profiling run amok, and the disintegration of civil liberties for the American people. Following the assassination, the US Patriot Act III is signed into law, a continuation of the controversial US Patriot Act, which permitted the wiretapping of US citizens’ phone calls, which heightened such wiretapping practices and grants the United States Government national detention of its citizens in an effort to control the population.

Such events portrayed in Death of a President are that of incredibly taunt and frightening science-fiction, and only more frightening is the fact they are executed in such a believable manner. Death of a President is a terrific mockumentary, thoughtful and engaging, as it details a fictional event in a way that almost makes you believe something like this happened or could very well occur. It also gets one to contemplate how malleable things we take for granted are, and if catastrophic event like the assassination of a president could cost all citizens their cherished liberties. Brilliantly paced in many regards and believably conducted, Death of a President, to some people, may be seen as a foreshadowing of such an event and a playbook to look back on to see how we did in response.

Directed by: Gabriel Range.

Review By: StevePulaski

Other Information:

Original Title Death of a President
Release Date 2006-10-27
Release Year 2006

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min)
Budget 2000000
Revenue 167000
Status Released
Rated R
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 Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award6 wins & 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
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

Original title Death of a President
TMDb Rating 5.655 58 votes

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