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Death of a President

post #1 of 18
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Has anyone seen that movie yet? Is anyone planning to go see it?

As much as I dislike Bush, there's something kind of disturbing about a movie about the assassination of someone who's alive. However I heard it makes some interesting point about the war on terror and other political issues.

Opinions?
post #2 of 18
Mixed feelings, like you. I'm not in a hurry to go see it, but I wouldn't refuse either. It is a little creepy to think of a film about the assassination of a living person, but comments about it when it was at the film festival in Toronto give hope that it has been thoughtfully done, and is more about those other issues. Maybe I'll get to form my own opinion of the movie.
post #3 of 18
I thought it was against the law to threaten the life of the president, and it would seem to me that filming a movie that shows that very thing would fall under that rule. The secret service are very picky about that sort of thing.
post #4 of 18
I doubt I'd see it just because it doesn't sound like my kind of movie anyway. But to me this kind of seems like going against your own team. We may not all agree with the 'captian,' but then there is that saying about a house divided will not stand...or a kingdom divided will fall, something like that.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Telynn
I thought it was against the law to threaten the life of the president, and it would seem to me that filming a movie that shows that very thing would fall under that rule. The secret service are very picky about that sort of thing.
Against the law in the US, perhaps, but this is a UK movie.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0853096/

At any rate, I think making a movie about a hypothetical event does not constitute advocating that event or threatening to make it come to pass.
post #6 of 18
No way would I ever watch a movie that shows pics of a living person, and shows his murder. I heard they even post President Bush's face on a corpse (or actor portraying a corpse). Too gruesome for me.

I'm sure it will come out on TV soon enough...I won't even watch it there. It just seems very wrong. Even more so that it is done about a sitting president.
post #7 of 18
I think its an interesting idea for a film. If the film was only about the death itself then it would be a little strange and possibly in poor taste. However since the bulk of the film is about how America and the rest of the world would be affected by it and the changes that would occur I think the death is more of a means to an end, and therefore is fine.
post #8 of 18
The film industry has just sunk to a new low with this movie
post #9 of 18
I agree! No way would I see this film.
post #10 of 18
I don't understand how showing the political and social ramifications of an important person's death to be going to a new low or in poor taste. I think that if Death of a President were about a fictitious character -- a made-up president -- it wouldn't have the same impact and wouldn't accurately assess what would happen to the situation in Iraq or the political climate of the US. The movie isn't advocating his death, from what I understand; it's exploring the way his death would resonate around the world. Because he is who he is, his life (and death) has a global impact, and I think it's a valid subject to be studied in film.

And for those of you who think I can afford to be cavalier about this because it's your president and not my prime minister ... Sure, they could make a movie Death of a Prime Minister, but I don't think it would be nearly as interesting or as far-reaching. Sadly, our prime minister just doesn't have as much of a presence on the global stage.
post #11 of 18
Well said, Mirinae.
post #12 of 18
I agree that it is in poor taste. I don't care who the leader is. I won't go to see it.
post #13 of 18
The problem that I have with the movie is that there are many, many people who do advocate assassinating Bush and would be dancing in the streets if he were killed (and I'm not talking about Afghanistan and Iran).

Would this movie have been done and greeted with the same reception had it been on the imact of a more (world) popular president like Clinton? Not likely. It does go back to respect for the office. It seems that's fine when he's popular and bends to the will of not only the people but of the world, but when he's not popular then it's OK not to have any respect for the man or the office.
post #14 of 18
The above post cut to the heart of it.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
It seems that's fine when he's popular and bends to the will of not only the people but of the world, but when he's not popular then it's OK not to have any respect for the man or the office.
The question is, why don't so many people respect the man? A president has to earn respect, and lying about the reasons for invading a sovereign country, while ignoring warnings that it would spark a civil war (Iraq), threatening to overthrow other governments (Iran, North Korea), stomping on the Geneva Convention (Gitmo, "secret prisons"), and generally acting like the proverbial bull in a china shop won't earn most people's respect.
Much as I find the film's plot distasteful, Bush made himself fair game.
Edited to add: How does this film really differ from "Wag the Dog"? That was so clearly directed at Clinton (and hit the mark, IMO).
post #16 of 18
I don't believe Bush lied.
Many many democrats were for the war also when it was popular.
post #17 of 18
I'd see it just because it's an interesting subject to be studied and film is definitely medium that pushes the envelope as far as exploring potentially uncomfortable subjects. For me, to suggest that this is in poor taste or is disrespectful reminds me of how N. Korea call Kim Jong Il "Our Dear Leader" or a kingship or something to that effect. I really believe that dissidence is the most sincere form of patriotism and things like this are academic and acceptable to examine.

But, then again, I saw Shortbus this weekend and loved it.*

*watch the trailers linked to on this page at your own risk. THe page itself is just an innocuous description of the film.
post #18 of 18
The film is doing too well. http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movi...eut/index.html There's a link to an interview with the filmmaker in the article.
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