An unprompted look at some of the most iconic presidential assassinations in popular culture.
This is probably the most famous assassination, in history, and on film. And who better to make the three hour canonical epic, than America's beloved controversial director Oliver Stone. It received as many condemnations as Oscar award nominations. For many it is Kevin Costner and the magic bullet theory that is their abiding memory of JFK's assassination. It is a testament to a film's influence when its scenes become inextricably linked to the historical record, JFK was such a film.
John F Kennedy's assassination remains the subject of many conspiracies,possibly in part due to Oliver Stone's patchy facts but compelling storytelling. This uncertainty is what makes it such an attractive prospect to filmmakers. And none turned this to their advantage more than Alan Moore and Zak Snyder. Watchmen takes place in an alternate universe, where Heinz has 58, and not 57 varieties of bean. It rewrites history in exciting and intelligent ways. And it uses a presidential assassination to brilliant effect, enriching The Comedian's backstory. This forms a part of the fantastic opening credits sequence, for my money one of the best in film history.
Manchurian Candidate (1962/2004)
The original 1962 Manchurian Candidate has been preserved by the U.S National Film Registry. The 2004 remake... had Denzel Washington in it. The films plot revolves around an international communist conspiracy to assassinate the president and replace him with a brainwashed Kremlin stooge. Sound familiar? Maybe you read the 1959 novel of the same name that it was based on. There's no other reason why Russian interference in American democracy might sound familiar.
Vantage Point (2008)
If you just can't get enough of watching president's get assassinated. If you want to watch and re-watch events from every conceivable angle and viewpoint, as if CNN was ESPN. If you love watching Forest Whitaker trying to act whilst constantly looking through a camcorder, then Vantage Point is the film for you.
24 (Season 5)
24 has featured more assassination attempts than Donald Trump has had sexual assault allegations. Its no wonder then that the one that succeeds should be so satisfying. It was sad to say goodbye to President Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), one of the series' greatest characters but it also set up one of the most exciting seasons of 24. Following Palmer's death Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is left with a hole in his heart, an axe to grind, a deep running conspiracy to get to grips with and a corrupt nation sized antagonist to blast his way through. R.I.P Palmer, thanks for the exhilarating drama.
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