Genre Grandeur – Thirteen Days (2000) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s first review for Genre Grandeur – Political Thrillers, here’s a review of Thirteen Days (2000) by me

Thanks again to Tony of Coog’s Reviews for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Satu of FairyTale Pictures and it is Bestselling/Popular Novel Adaptations.

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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Satu!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“If the sun comes up tomorrow, it is only because of men of good will. And that’s – that’s all there is between us and the devil. ” – Kenny O’Donnell

Number of Times Seen – at least five times (Theater in Jan 2001, DVD, 10 Nov 2014) and 28 Jun 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – In the days following the discovery of Russian Nuclear weapons in Cuba, President Kennedy and his staff must do all they can to avert World War III.

My Take on it – This is a film that I fell in love with the first time I saw it not long after it came out in early 2001 and enjoy watching it over and over.

I have always been a big fan of historical dramas especially about the Presidency and this film immediately drew me in.

They do an amazing job giving the viewer the feeling that they are right there in the room with the characters as the deliberate what to do about the escalating crisis.

This film keeps the tension and suspense level quite high especially given the fact that anyone who knows a bit of hstory is aware that World War III never broke out during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

The cast is superb and most of them have a close resemblance to their real life counterparts.

Kevin Costner plays the lead role here and even though he is quite good, he is outshone throughout by Bruce Greenwood who is a superb as JFK.

Greenwood was robbed of (at least) an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance here.

As with any great political thriller this film shows us both sides of the political views in the situation presented and we get a clear idea as to all that is going on.

This film is nearly 2 and half hours long yet it goes by so quickly because of the way that it is presneted to us.

The music by Trevor Jones is superb and it’s among my favorite film scores.

Listen to it here:

Bottom Line – Amazing film that keeps the tension and suspense level high the entire time even though since it’s based on truth, we know what will happen in the end.  Amazing cast led by Costner but the biggest standout is obviously Greenwood as JFK who should have at least been nominated for an Oscar for this performance.  The ability to make a film like this and keep it interesting for nearly 2 and a half hours is a great accomplishment especially since we are given the viewpoint of being right there as everything is happening which helps raise the stakes even for the viewer. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In Boston, Kevin Costner’s attempt at a Boston accent is so notorious that a “Kevin Costner accent” is an accepted slang term for a non-Bostonian’s unsuccessful attempt at a Boston accent. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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