Release Date: October 27th, 2006 (Angelika Film Center) by Newmarket Films.
The Cast: Hend Ayoub, Brian Boland, Becky Ann Baker, Robert Mangiardi, Jay Patterson, Jay Whittaker, Michael Reilly Burke, James Urbaniak, Neko Parham, Seena Jon, Christian Stolte, Chavez Ravine.
Directed by Gabriel Range.
BASIC PREMISE: A mockumentary about the investigation surrounding the 2007 assassination of George W. Bush.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Although initially provocative and intriguing, Death of a President doesn’t have enough suspense or imagination to sustain your full attention. The film shows mock footage of the events leading up to George W. Bush’s assassination with interviews and then the aftermath with more interviews to figure out who really shot him. Government officials have their own prejudice suspicions of the assassin and raid an innocent Arab’s house while frightening his family. Writer/director Gabriel Range does a decent job of blurring the line between reality and fiction with well-edited news footage. The performances of the interviewees are strong enough to be convincing, but when their lies seem too obvious based on the content, it’s tempting to laugh like you would do in a Christopher Guest mockumentary. Unfortunately, most of the film feels underwhelming, meandering and dull without any real surprises—other than the establishment of a new Patriot Act which allows for frequent surveillance of the public by the government. The third act with all the paranoia is over-the-top and contrived.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Unimaginative, dull and not enough suspense.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 8
IN A NUTSHELL: A misfire. Initially provocative, but unimaginative and dull with diminishing suspense.
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