The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
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The true story of a man who, on February 22, 1974, was thwarted from an ambitious plan for political assassination provides the basis for this striking psychological drama. Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is a salesman for an office-supply company whose life is slowly beginning to unravel. Bicke's job is going nowhere, his wife, Marie (Naomi Watts), has left him, and his boss (Jack Thompson) keeps pushing self-help books on him that make a mockery of his state of mind. One of Bicke's few friends is Bonny
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Sean Penn brings this obscure failure back to life in a vivid portrayal of a madman in the making, a madman who had a date with a gun and history.
It's not just Nixon's shadow that hangs like a cloud over Assassination, it's the shadow of the bummerific era of American movies his regime spawned.
The idea that assassins are products of their times is intriguing, but The Assassination of Richard Nixon is betrayed by its ambitions and pretensions.
A well-made if relatively uninvolved character study with nothing noteworthy to say.
Features a bravura performance by Penn as a frustrated and deluded loser, but there isn't much else to recommend. The story is a one-note drag.
Assassination is an odd little movie. It's exceptionally well-done but doesn't attain the levels of meaning for which it seems to be striving.
Debut writer/director Neils Mueller (co-writer on "Tadpole") stitches together an ambiguous meditation on the pervasive affects of government corruption during the Nixon Administration that led a Baltimore man to attempt to kill the President by hijacking
The film manages something quite remarkable, both a compassion for Bicke's wounded sense of life's betrayals, and stark revulsion for the personal logic of his bloody remedy.
(...) Niels Mueller (...) conduce el relato con seguridad y tensión creciente hacia el inevitable estallido de violencia final.
There are good things about the movie, but it finally trips itself up on its two-fisted seriousness.
It's a small and quiet drama, but it's also one that sucks you in quite smoothly. Penn, as always, is fantastic.
This movie provides a lot of food for thought about true believers who don't mind killing people to achieve their goals.
By the close you're convinced that there should have been more to the film than what ended up onscreen.
An engaging, thought-provoking drama that is frequently unbearably moving thanks to career best work from Sean Penn.
A forgotten chapter of history that exposes truths about the American dream worth remembering.
One of the most successful attempts to tell the tale of an, ultimately, criminal person without ever forcing us to condone his crimes.
It makes for a grim time at the movies, but also a sobering one because it seeks truth, not sensationalism, in ugliness.
Even with three top-flight actors, The Assassination of Richard Nixon never becomes much more than a character study of a footnote in American history.
A case study devoid of empathy, it's Taxi Driver from Cybill Shepherd's point of view.
Penn delivers another of the incisive and riveting performances we've come to expect from one of our greatest actors.
Penn's challenge was to create a distinct character, especially with the shadow of Travis Bickle looming ... he largely succeeds, although he doesn't achieve De Niro's pathos.
Penn's agonized performance in this under-the-radar drama is better than his Oscar-winning work in Mystic River.
A starkly ambitious endeavor for such a fellow, and Mueller pulls it off well, if not perfectly.
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