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Death of a President

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • British director Gabriel Range (THE DAY BRITAIN STOPPED) imagines the aftereffects of the assassination of George W. Bush in this fictional documentary ("mockumentary" seems too playful a word for this relentlessly taut film) set in 2008. Range uses real news footage, staged scenes (shot on high-res video but cleverly doctored to resemble grainy satellite news images and security-camera tapes), and phony talking-head interviews to create a compelling and believable thriller for the CNN generation. He even adds some whodunit elements, along with philosophical musings about post-9/11 civil liberties, the psychological effects of war, and the multilayered impact that such a murder would have on the world.

    What makes Range's story so believable--in addition to the excellent performances by the "interviewees" playing FBI agents, beat cops, advisors, and suspects--is the wide scope of political and personal viewpoints given equal voice. The president is seen as neither a hero nor a villain; his advisors and security team are loyal and even-keeled but not without their own irrational prejudices, and the assassin's motives, while not condoned, are made to seem understandable. This is a deeply compassionate look at a fictional situation that could very well become a reality--rather than lulling viewers with escapism, Range asks them to consider the consequences of the events unfolding all around them.
    • Rating - for brief violent images.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 21230

  • Credits
    Becky Ann Baker, Michael Reilly Burke, Hend Ayoub, Brian Boland, Robert Mangiardi, Jay Patterson, James Urbaniak, Neko Parham, Seena Jon, Christian Stolte, Tony Dale
  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] provocation....It strikes the urgent, open-eyed tone of a FRONTLINE investigative report....The film's atmosphere of plausibility is its most devious trick..." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Director/writer Gabriel Range adroitly uses digital effects to create an almost seamless sense of reality unfolding."
    Box Office

    4 stars out of 5 -- "Deliberately confrontational, though communicated with even-keeled clarity rather than hysteria..."
    Total Film

    3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s a provocative piece of social commentary it most certainly succeeds."
    Ultimate DVD

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