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Basically a longer, less slick version of the official Kerry profile unveiled at the Democratic National Convention.
Filmed before the Swift boat veterans brouhaha, Paul Alexander's partisan documentary is effective filmmaking.
Alexander, a political writer and radio host, gets riveting, emotional confessionals from the veterans.
A respectfully modest effort that allows Kerry and his Swift boat comrades to tell their stories in their own voices.
As for the candidate, like Tony Wilson in 24 Hour Party People, he's wisely content to remain a supporting character in his own life story.
Will this film do Kerry any good, or the Swifties any harm? My bet is: Not a bit, one way or the other.
The talking heads format just doesn't make for compelling film, despite its timeliness.
The documentary is well edited, well paced, and feels genuine. It's educational, important and enjoyable independent of the Kerry campaign.
Tellingly, [John] Kerry is a much more compelling speaker during a 1970s protest rally than in the contemporary footage, where he carefully chooses his words.
Serviceable, not high ranking.
The movie's main contribution is its fresh look at the Vietnam War, being refought in the Kerry-Bush presidential campaign at the time of the film's release.
The four men offer powerful eyewitness testimony against the subsequent charges that Kerry didn't deserve his Silver Star for courage and his three Purple Hearts.
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