DEATH OF A PRESIDENT

Directed by Gabriel Range. US. 2006.


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First screened at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and shown in this country on More4, it is another of those films that disillusioned American is becoming quite good at.  (See also CSA: Confederate States of America by Kevin Wilmott.)  This tells the story of what would happen if President George W. Bush was assassinated in America.  It tells the story convincingly webbing together footage of archive, surveillance footage and good camerawork.   

This is not a critique of the current Bush administration.  It highlights the inepititude of the US government services and the scepticism or insatiable thirst for justice firstly - justice over justice.  It critiques a government who have made a rod for their own proverbial back, for example the modification of the Patriot Act that would lock up the innocent without charge. 

It is well scripted especially the use of the red herring of the black father until the last ten minutes.  This is a vital document about the legacy of the 43rd president and what his impact in office has had on geo-political terms.   

Jamie Garwood
 
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