In a word - WOW! The story concerns the "Cuban Missile Crisis," when the U. As someone who remembers the situation well, watching this was a profound experience in more ways than one. A good deal of dialogue was taken from actual Presidential transcripts, which made watching it even more impressive.
Kennedy discovered the Soviet Union had installed nuclear missiles inside Cuba. Through his eyes we gain access to President Kennedy's inner-most circle during the whole crisis. At first glance, the fake Bawsten Boston accents were a bit distracting, as they are in any Kennedy flick.
People in Hollywood don't seem to realize that the Kennedys don't have a real Boston accent. They invented their own. Anyway, JFK is probably one of the more difficult historical Thirteen days review to portray, given the lingering impact of old film and TV clips "Ask not what your country can do for you," etc.
Bruce Greenwood as President Kennedy is quite outstanding, wisely choosing to understate his Kennedyness while nicely showing us how cautious and reflective the President actually was throughout the crisis. Steven Culp as his younger brother Bobby is also fine. The film pretty much follows the historical timeline of events, beginning with a high flying U-2 spy jet taking photos over Cuba uncovering missile bases under construction.
The President must then decide how to respond to this major incursion by the Soviets in the Western Hemisphere, so near to the U. The film's strongest point is that it clearly shows how even the slightest misjudgment by the U.
Amid the overwhelming stress and fatigue, President Kennedy must struggle to avoid making that one mistake which might be seen as an outright act of war by the Soviets. Meanwhile, the President is under heavy pressure from his gung-ho military chiefs who want to shoot first and deal with the consequences later.
They play by old-fashioned military rules of engagement, not realizing the rules are changing now from moment to moment. One of the best scenes in the movie is a shout-down between Defense Secretary Robert S.
The admiral responds by boasting that the Navy has been conducting naval blockades since the days of John Paul Jones the s. McNamara is justifiably incredulous at his dangerously out-of-date mentality. The excellent script by David Self was meticulously researched and is largely based on the secret tape recordings made inside the White House by President Kennedy.
In a few instances, the dialogue is lifted verbatim from the tapes. There is also the expected dramatic embellishment to make this thing a marketable product.
The biggest leap of faith is the propping up of O'Donnell's importance to the President during the missile crisis. O'Donnell, one of the so-called 'Irish Mafia,' was only Kennedy's appointments secretary, not a National Security advisor as one might think from this film.
Although he was a long-time aide and trusted political hand, he had no where near the influence that Costner's character has.
But this is entirely forgivable, considering the necessity of a big role for superstar Costner also a co-producer or this wonderful historical film might never have been made.
Rated PG for language.Jan 01, · Read the Empire review of Thirteen Days. Find out everything you need to know about the film from the world's biggest movie destination.4/5.
Thirteen Days shows you why the government, the press, and the people need to be in constant check and balance to be effective. A football metaphor weaves effectively through the . Plugged In reviews movies, videos, music, TV and games from a Christian perspective.
We're shining a light on the world of popular entertainment. Plugged In is the entertainment guide your family needs to make family appropriate decisions through movie reviews, book reviews, TV reviews, and more. Thirteen Days (), starring Kevin Costner and directed by Roger Donaldson, is a film that chronicles the decision-making of President Kennedy and his EXCOMM during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The film focuses on Kennedy, his brother Robert Kennedy, and White House aide Kenneth O’Donnell. Jan 12, · The Cuban missile crisis was the closest we've come to a nuclear world war. Nikita Khrushchev installed Soviet missiles in Cuba, 90 miles from Florida and within striking distance of 80 million Americans.
Kennedy told him to remove them, or else.
As Soviet ships with more missiles moved toward Cuba, a U.S. naval blockade was set up to stop them.3/5. Sample Book Review on Thirteen Days by Robert F.
Kennedy Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy is a concise and gripping first person narrative about a significant period in or countries history.