“The doors to the white house stand open, to one and all, day and night. My life is within reach of anyone, sane or mad. By the hand of a murder I can die but once, but to go continually in fear, well that is to die over and over.. and over again.” – Abraham Lincoln
Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Nov 2013)
Brief Synopsis – Based on Bill O’Rielly’s bestselling book that tells the story of how John Wilkes Booth carried out his plan to assassinate Lincoln.
My Take on it – This is actually a quite interesting movie done on the conspiracy to kidnap and assassinate the 16th President of the US. Unlike the assassination of JFK, I wasn’t too familiar with the history and immensely enjoyed the historical lessons depicted in the movie.
It was an interesting choice to have the movie accompanied throughout with narration by Tom Hanks filling in the gaps that can’t easily be seen visually. This is something rarely seen in a non-documentary and truly helped the story along, but at the same time, it was very distracting and took away from the movie feel and made me sometimes think that I was watching a history channel documentary.
Still worth seeing since it does give a complete picture of the events that led up to the first assassination of a US President.
Bottom Line – Well done movie, interesting use of narration in a non-documentary, but at the same time was distracting. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy