November 22, 1963 President Kennedy was in Dallas, Texas. What he didn’t know is that he would not be leaving alive. The morning was beautiful and sunny. The atmosphere was almost like a state fair. People were lining the streets along the way that the motorcade was taking. Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti) was as giddy as a schoolboy. He had brought a new video camera to tape the motorcade. His film would become the most viewed in the history of mankind.
Parkland Hospital was not aware of what was coming their way. Dr. Charles “Jim” Carrico (Zac Efron) was just coming on duty as was Nurse Doris Nelson (Marcia Gay Harden). Both would play a major part in what was coming.
The motorcade was making it’s way through Dallas when shots were heard and the President was slumped over the back seat. The motorcade would make it to the Hospital within minutes. Carrico and all the trauma personnel tried their best but they could not save the President. Jackie (Kat Steffens) was by his side still in her blood stained dress.
Dallas was caught stunned and in disbelief. Secret service, Police, Texas Rangers were all at the Hospital. Some were arguing over jurisdiction and others were just standing around with their jaws on the ground. Walter Cronkite would utter the words “President Kennedy is dead”.
Lee Harvey Oswald (Jeremy Strong) would be picked up for the assassination. Marguerite Oswald (Jacki Weaver) would be questioned and thought her son had done service for the country. When Jack Ruby would shoot her boy she thought he should be buried at Arlington Cemetery. Robert Oswald (James Badge Dale) would try and talk to his brother but couldn’t understand what he was talking about.
As the hours then days would pass it would come to light that Agent James Hasty (Ron Livingston) had been in contact with Lee Harvey, since Oswald was upset that agents had been talking to his family. Lee Oswald had been talking subversion for awhile but no one had ever really done much about it. Agent Forrest Sorrels (Billy Bob Thornton) had tracked down Zapruder and the film and this would become the most viewed video in history.
This story is known. Anybody growing up during the time of the shooting would know the history and the background. Director Peter Landesman tries to bring to light what happened behind the scenes right after the shooting. For the most part he does but there is something lacking in this movie. Maybe it’s because we all do know the story and they really are just hashing up all the old wounds.
This country took years to get over the shooting. We grieved for the better part of the 60’s and early 70’s over this. Everybody would say do you remember where you were when Kennedy was shot and most people knew. This is a movie that you would want to watch. It does a good job and it does give us a view of the tragedy that for most don’t know too much about.