`Death': the aftermath of mass hysteria

Review B

October 27, 2006|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Disaster films routinely kill off thousands of "ordinary people" in actual locations just for kicks, without rousing public protest. Yet the excitingly well-made Death of a President imagines the assassination of President Bush as a way of analyzing political violence. And Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, sight unseen, has labeled it despicable.

Death of a President is a responsible piece of political fiction. If anything, it's overly responsible: The gifted director, Gabriel Range, pins morals to his tale rather than let it speak for itself. Luckily, his talent outstrips his message-mongering.

Death of a President (Newmarket) Starring Hend Ayoub, Brian Boland, Becky Ann Baker, Robert Mangiardi, Jay Patterson. Directed by Gabriel Range. Rated R. Time 93 minutes.

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