Death of a President Reviews
A "documentary" of the assassination of George W Bush in 2007. Much of the footage is of actual Bush speeches and the like, cleverly spliced with staged material to make a fictional story. It fits together so smoothly and seamlessly you would not know
that this is fiction.
Solid performances from the actors in the staged segments give this a very authentic feel.
Not just a good story, but a profound one too, one with great social and moral observations. It powerfully highlights the hysteria, irrationality and injustice that prevails in society, especially in reaction to a catastrophic event, and also the prejudices that exist.
I was expecting, with some trepidation, that this film was going to have some sort of political agenda, i.e that it would be a left-wing daydream or a right-wing attack on the opponents of Bush. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that it is very well balanced and has no real political agenda.
I was surprised how great the editing is. If you are interested in editing or sound design this is a must see.
The story is tasteful. I'm convinced that if President Bush was assassinated, that this is what would have happened.
I remember this film getting panned when it came out (during GW's term). Perhaps we were all too close to the subject matter at the time to get it or maybe it seemed like too much of an affront to our then current administration. Either way, looks like this mockumentary aged well.
It does more than that. It questions so much that we as Americans accept or don't realize the real depths of what is going on in our own government. How quickly "we" jump to conclusions. How quickly we forget how others suffer. It'll make you think. Please watch.