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Follows John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election.
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Aged Senator John McCain (Ed Harris) needs a bump in the polls; the Republican party is struggling to gain foothold against the Democrat-Obama machine, and they need a game changer...ideally an anti-choice, pro-gun, woman, who will appeal to the Republian base, the independants, and be a contrast to the 72-year old Senator-hopeful. That woman is Governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore).
Based on the book of the same name, the story basically runs on the premise that Palin wasn't ready, was over-whelmed and under-prepared, for her selection to be McCain's presidential running mate, and ultimately cost the Repubican party the election.
How much of that is true however is open to speculation. Having read the book on which the movie is based, I was surprised to see that what amounted to about 20-or so pages of text in the book can form the thread of a two hour movie. It would seem that key elements of the books text are taken as 'show pieces' in the movie and the rest is padded.
Palin's autobiography 'Going Rogue' implies that she was mis-managed and controlled by the McCain campaign team, and I would suggest that this doesn't come through as much in the movie. Other books have highlighted the unfair media that the Republican's experienced during a campaign where the US media so clearly wanted an Obama win. This again isn't specifically part of the story. However the film is terrific at showing that US politics is no more about policy than presence.
Moore is splendid as a rag-tag Palin struggling through, moving from victim to master during a camapaign that faltered over & over again.Read more ›
They chose a star but they didn’t know what to do with her or how to handle her.
Thank God, some might say because she could have been the Veep by now.
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A very good film and a chilling reflection of the American political system.Published 4 months ago by H
Incredibly good. Blu ray disc works in UK machine. Other disc supplied does not but I knew this.Published 19 months ago by UKMike
Okay. Quite funny. I expected Tina Fey, LoL! Julianne Moore's extremely well cast. Overall merely interesting.Published 21 months ago by Hill Walker