Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008)
Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 5
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 3
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 315
Investigates one of the most debated "what if" scenarios in the history of U.S. foreign policy: What would President John F. Kennedy have done in Vietnam if he had not been assassinated in 1963, and had he been re-elected in 1964? Employed is what Harvard historian Niall Ferguson calls "virtual history," assessing the plausibility of counterfactuals--"what ifs"--and the outcomes they might have produced. Using an array of resources including recently declassified and never-before-seen archival
Sep 17, 2008 Wide
Oct 27, 2009
Global Media Project - Official Site
Latest News on Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived
September 18, 2008:Critics Consensus: Lakeview Terrace Isn't Sturdy; Igor Lacks Brains
This week at the movies, we've got an angry cop (Lakeview Terrace, starring Samuel L. Jackson); a...
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.
Fascinating stuff, but after a while the film runs out of things to say and falls back on clichés.
Director Koji Masutani has masterfully assembled a wealth of archival footage, photos and audiotapes, some of which has been recently declassified.
Despite its title, Virtual JFK doesn't imagine a world where JFK survives the events of Dallas and goes on to win a second term as U.S. president. That would be a whole other movie, and a fascinating one at that.
The film is a seductive immersion into an early sixties zeitgeist and Cold War cool.
The word Iraq is never uttered, but there's no avoiding it as Kennedy asserts during the Bay of Pigs crisis that to attack Cuba, a country that hadn't attacked the United States, would be contrary to our national tradition.
The controversial process of counterfactual history gets a captivating workout in Virtual JFK.
If nothing else, Virtual JFK does remind us of what it was that made him charismatic.
Contrary to its title, Virtual JFK is less a counter-history of the Vietnam years than a tribute to John F. Kennedy's stubborn resistance to a military that pressured him to go to war on six occasions during his short presidency.
Hearty takes and outtakes by Kennedy, his peers and nemeses intertwine objectively to thwart anyone who pegs the work as purely absurdist.
Assembles an amazing array of recorded conversations and vintage newsreel, and offers up enough press conference footage to make one nostalgic for the days when an uncowed, penetrating press really did serve the public interest.
Audience Reviews for Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived
There are no featured audience reviews yet. Click the link below to see what others say about Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived!
Discuss Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived on our Movie forum!