Recount (2008)


“I love Warren Christopher, but I think the guys so tight he probably eats his M&Ms with a knife and fork.” – Michael Whouley

Number of Times Seen – Twice (15 Dec 2010 and 14 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After the votes in Florida during the 2000 Presidential election becomes too close to call, lawyers for both candidates try to get the decision to be cast their way.

My Take on it – This film gives us an amazing look at the way political elections work behind the scenes.

We get to see how convoluted and complicated things can get when people are in the midst of a tough debate over votes.

This film takes  the real life situation of the too close to call race in Florida in the 2000 Presidential election and allows us to get a feel for the chaotic nature of it all as both sides fought tooth and nail to prove that their stance on the matter at hand was the correct one.

We will never truly know which side was on the side of right here even though both sides claim that they were the right one and their opponent was in the wrong.

The way that they dissect and analyze this whole situation is fascinating to watch unfold.

The cast of this film is superb and they all do wonderful jobs here.

Laura Dern stands out among the rest tho and her interpretation of Katherine Harris is amazing to watch especially since we get the feel that we have an idea of who she is, but we never quite get an understanding of why she acted as she did.

They utilize a great method trying to allows us to get an understanding of who all of the various characters are because there are so many to keep track us as the story snowballs towards a point more and more intense.

This film was definitely deserving of its Emmy Award win for Best TV Movie that year.

Bottom Line – Amazing look at how convoluted and complicated political elections can be. This film takes a real life situation and tries to dissect and analyses the whole process. The ultimate result is that these kinds of scenarios are completely chaotic and it will never be determined which side was truly on the side of right here. The cast is superb and the way that they introduce all of the various characters works well in trying to help us get an understanding of who is who.  Dern obviously stands out among everyone here as Harris and allows us to see who she was without completely understand why she acted as she did.  Was definitely deserving of it’s Emmy win for Best Made for TV Movie. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Teleplay Writer Danny Strong made it his goal to interview the real-life counterpart of at least one character appearing in each scene. In most cases, he actually ended up interviewing every character. He achieved his goal in all but one case: because Katherine Harris declined any interviews, the scene where she stands alone looking out over the crowd of protesters outside her office was entirely imagined. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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