Netflix Cracked Disc and Movie Review: Death of a President

Well, I have no cable, so I look for ways to get some digital entertainment. Lately I have been watching the first two seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, so I can catch up and actually have a coherent conversation with Emily about the show (pretty sure it is her fave). I have been getting the DVD’s from Netflix. Thing is, disc 2 of season 2 was cracked like big time. First time I have encountered that, so I went to Netflix site, returned it, but now I have disc 3, which does me no good, so I need to wait. In the meantime, I went and checked out the Xbox Live Marketplace on my 360 to see if there were any new releases. Found one – “Death of a President” (IMDB and Wikipedia).

This movie is set in the near future (2008) and goes through the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush. It shows characters such as his speechwriter, secret service agents, etc talking about that day, and the investigation through the eyes of the FBI.

Throughout the movie you see how they go about figuring it out. First it is the environmentalist they target, who is organizing the protest that day. He doesn’t pan out, so they look at foreigners, they find one that was in the vicinity, from Syria, traveled to Afghanistan, This is great because they can use words like Al Queda, Terrorist, even though the guy really isn’t. Basically he gets convicted on these things alone.

During the protest there as a black veteran that got arrested on suspicion of the assassination, they eventually let go. You come to find out that he has a brother who dies in Iraq, and his parents are distraught. He comes to find that his father committed suicide the day after the assignation, and left a note saying he did it. Also the vet finds evidence in his house that his dad left that really shows he was planning it out, etc.

The vet tries to bring this evidence to the FBI, but they ignore it, they have their terrorist. Now President Cheney passes the USA Patriot Act III which gives even more power to the executive branch and law enforcement to take away civil liberties of the US citizens.

At the end of the movie, I was left with this. Right now in this country, if you are

1) Protesting against any policy of this administration
2) Someone who has lost a loved one because of the unjustified war (that now people are finally realizing was unjustified)
3) A foreigner

that you are in serious trouble. Really the administration is out to get anyone who doesn’t agree with the crazy foreign and domestic policy. They try to use the term “Patriot” to describe someone who is in total agreement with them, even though common sense shows that the policies they are pushing really aren’t the best for anyone, well, maybe their pocketbooks.

People should really watch this movie, it is really cool how they actually have footage of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, I am assuming they took from current speeches, etc, or it is computer aided video, but it is pretty cool, convincing. I always wonder if maybe aliens get transmissions from Earth, and if they did, they might think this is real if they miss the beginning and ending :)

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