Death of A President [DVD] 
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Award-winning retrospective drama. On October 27th 2007, the President of the United States, George W. Bush, is assassinated by a hidden shooter on his way out of a Chicago hotel, in front of which an anti-war rally is being held. A man of Syrian origins, Zahra Abu Zikri (Hend Ayoub), becomes the number one suspect. Years later, a documentary filmmaker presents a movie about what the United States has become since the assassination.
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I was surprised that this plays out like a thriller, not something I expected from a documentary, even a fake one. We know the conclusion of course; the assassination of President Bush, but the film very cleverly draws the viewer into events, what was the lead up to these events? Who could have done this to the President? How was this allowed to happen? Why would anyone do this to the President? Going into the film you may think you know this already, thirty minutes in I defy anyone not to be caught up in it all and playing detective, waiting for the inevitable and yet somehow hoping that it doesn't happen.
I confess that I watched this not because I particularly wanted to, but because I knew someone on the production. So what a pleasure it was to find I enjoyed it enormously. I have subsequently recommended and loaned this film to friends who have all been similarly surprised by how enjoyable and dramatic this film is. The commentary is pretty good too.
The film makes us think about the state of the so-called 'war on terrorism' without preaching to the anti-war choir and without going out of the way to appease the U.S. critics (current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, for one, had publicly called this movie "despicable"). This film even has its own subtle humor that at times makes you want to burst out laughing: testimony by the former 'Bush aide' who attests to the president's God-given talents with a twinkle in her eye, for example, or the soft-talking, square-jawed 'police official' who speaks of the need to use brute force against anti-Bush protesters.
A winner at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival (and temporarily blocked in 2007 by Japanese film censors from being screened at movie theaters in Japan), "Death of a President" shows us, once again, that some of the best movies in the world are not from Hollywood and are not made by Americans -- even when the film is about America.
Obviously, with each passing day the movie loses its punch as George W's term comes to an end. The larger picture and the issues it touches on are still pertinant.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this and will be recommending it to others. Worth the 2 or 3 pounds it now seems to be selling at.
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I have decided not to review any more films until you tell me why you only publish the "positive" reviews ie only those of mine that glow... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2013 by Pat Garrett
this film is quite interesting because although George W. Bush wasn't really assassinated, this film makes the fiction look so much like a reality. Read morePublished on 1 Aug. 2013 by Darren Monaghan