Parkland (2013)


parkland-2013-film-poster-image“It’s the first time that the secret service has lost a president under its watch.” – Roy Kellerman

Number of Times Seen – 1  (5 Feb 2014)

Brief Synopsis – Chronicles the lives of numerous people connected to the events of 22 Nov 1963 in Dallas during the 4 days following that fateful day.

My Take on it – I know a lot more about the Kennedy assassination than one person should probably know since I have read books, articles and seen numerous movies, specials and documentaries about that fateful day in Dallas.

I was very intrigued about this movie when I heard about it a few months ago and was waiting patiently to finally get to see it.

This is NOT another conspiracy theory movie and doesn’t offer us any suggestions otherwise since the idea here is to show of how a few lives were affected by the events in Dallas on 22 November 1963.

We get to follow the diverse group of characters from slightly before the shots rang out until 4 turbulent days later.

The idea here is actually brilliant IMHO, because usually movie focus on the main people affected by historical events, but here they present us with the lives of some other important individuals, but who are still “minor” characters in the big scheme of things.

I was aware of the existence of every one of these characters, but instead of them being footnotes, they are the main focus here.

We get to understand what Oswald’s family endured; what the secret service dealt with, what the local FBI had to investigate; we get to see the hospital staff and learn what they did on that day (and days to follow) and lastly we get to see the struggles of Abraham Zapruder who inadvertently was the sole possessor of a video of the event.

I truly loved the idea of focusing on these characters and feel that this movie was done in the right way.

Bottom Line – Nicely done movie.  Smart idea to not focus on main characters of the events of the day to give us a larger picture of what happened.  Nice cast. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy

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4 thoughts on “Parkland (2013)

  1. I agree that the idea here is brilliant. My problem with this one is that it is so short as to not do the terrific idea justice. There are so many characters that none of them are really developed.

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    • very true, but for me at least,, everyone but the hospital staff was somewhat known to me including the whole FBI dilemma so I didn’t feel the need for a back story on them. I do see your point and that’s probably why this wasn’t so well received.

      Thanks for commenting JJames

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