Wow… talk about a mind-bend. I just finished watching Death of a President. It is a film shot documentary-style that covers the events leading up to and following the assination of President George W. Bush on October 19, 2007. Yeah, you read that right. Not only does it portray a future that has not happened as if it was real, it does it with actual footage of President Bush, Dick Cheney – you name it. It is downright spooky.
It is spooky on a couple fronts. Probably the scariest thing is how realistic the film portrays total fiction using real footage… including the actual assasination. The fact that real footage can be manipulated this much is cause for alarm. It is also a bit freaky in how well it fits into the real-life facts.
My rating is not based on any desire for something so horrible to actually take place, but instead on how well the filmmakers accomplished their goal. They have created a very believable “reality” piece based entirely on fiction. Their use of image editing to include actors in key scenes involving the President, Cheney and others is impressive. (It seems that fear that clutched my throat the second I saw it done if Forrest Gump, is not far from reality.)
RATING 9 out of 10