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Another Sean Penn tour de force,
This review is from: The Assassination Of Richard Nixon [DVD] (DVD)
The title of this film is a bit of a misnomer, as "Assassination" is a movie about the mental breakdown of a middle aged man ,neither a political thriller like "The Parallax View" or "All the Presidents Men" nor an investigative retrospective like "JFK" or "Nixon". It has more similarities to Michael Douglas' "Falling Down" than any of these movies. Sean Penn plays Sam Bicke, a quixotic, mild mannered and unsuccessful salesman whose marriage has just collapsed. As a sense of personal failure and loneliness engulfs Sam, President Nixon becomes a scapegoat for his ills. Sean Penn puts in a superb and memorable performance as Sam Bicke, capturing brilliantly the edginess and simmering desperation of a decent, honest man stuck in the wrong profession ,unable to command the respect of his peers (or indeed himself )and his subsequent descent into homicidal behaviour . Penn's acting is immense in one of the best cinematic characterisations of the year to date.