Executive Action (1973) – Encore Review


“[speaking to Farrington] Dallas has one of the highest murder rates in the country. In the last two years, the Secret Service has established 149 threats against Kennedy’s life from Texas alone, yet they send him into hostile territory with no more protection than you and I would arrange for a favorite dog.” – Foster

Number of Times Seen – Twice (15 Jun 2015 and 31 Dec 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Business and Government executives unhappy with the way that the President is running the country ban together to formulate a plan to assassinate him before he can do more harm.

My Take on it – As a fan of conspiracy theory, especially one’s involving the assassination of JFK I was quite intrigued to rewatch this film that I enjoyed so much when I saw it for the first time 4 and a half years ago.

This is an amazing film that is able to try and show that there are possibilities and scenarios that could make the assassination of Kennedy by conspirators a plausible idea and that its possible that it wasn’t accomplished by a lone gunman as is widely believed.

This film’s story get a bit too far fetched at some points, but it still is able to open up the possibility that all that was stated in the Warren Report may not be so accurate.

The film JFK goes in to much detail as to how this might all be conceivable, but this film chooses to focus solely on the viewpoint of the conspirators and give us a possible scenario of what may have occurred.

This viewpoint is a great choice for this kind of film because it takes away the possibility of giving a sympathtic view of these events as the plan is planned out in a detailed way and the we get to see its execution.

This is a very comprehensive story and they manage to find a way to include so much information here yet still find a way to present things in a realistic and plausible fashion.

The cats is superb and helps make things feel very genuine and realistic the entire way through.

Despite the fact that this film was made 47 years ago, it still remains extremely controversial but despite this, it is able to present a very possible explanation to something that many people believe is entirely impossible.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that tries to show one of the many possibilities of how it may be plausible that Kennedy was assassinated by a conspiracy instead of just by a lone gunman. The film itself gets a bit far fetched in certain places yet they open the possibility that things as have been stated are not entirely true.  This story is thought out really well and the choice to show everything from the viewpoint of the conspirators is great because it doesn’t get muddled with showing a sympathetic view of things.  The story is quite comprehensive and despite being only 90 minutes long, they manage to pack quite a wallop with the way that they present things in a very realistic fashion.  Great cast helps make things feel even more genuine and plausible along the way. Even after 47 years, this film is still quite controversial yet it allows the viewer to see something that many people believe is entirely impossible. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first film to openly question the veracity of the Warren Commission’s report into the death of John F. Kennedy. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10)

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