Friday, 21 February 2014

Blu-ray Review - Killing Kennedy

Killing Kennedy
Director: Nelson McCormick
Starring: Rob Lowe, Will Rothhaar, Michelle Trachtenberg, Ginnifer Goodwin
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Retail:  $29.99
Running Time: 87 minutes
Rating: TV-14


Early this month 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released Killing Kennedy on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, starring Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy, William Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald, Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald and Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy. Special Features includes Camelot's End: The Making of Killing Kennedy, Killing Kennedy: An Interview with Author Bill O'Reilly, The Kennedy Mystique, and Virginia Is for Lovers: Tourism Commercial.

Back in November the National Geographic Channel aired Killing Kennedy based on the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The 90-minute film follows John F. Kennedy as he becomes President of the United States and it also follows a former Marine, Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated JFK on November 22, 1963.

The film focuses on the political aspects of the Cold War and the organized crime that occurred during the era, resulting in Lee Harvey Oswald becoming disillusioned with America and later taking an obsession with killing the President.

I have to admit that I do watch the O'Reilly Factor and I do own of a copy of Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, but I have never gotten around to reading it. The film version offers nothing new on JFK's assassination, which has been told on the big screen and on television several times. While the film does dwell on Lee Harvey Oswald's marriage to Marina Nikolayevna Prusakova, there was nothing new on the relationship that I didn't already know from watching documentaries. At times some of the scenes reminded of the two-part "Lee Harvey Oswald" episode from Quantum Leap. Though the film's script feels bland, the cast did a wonderful job, especially Rob Lowe as a convincing JFK. Overall, I thought Killing Kennedy, despite great performances, is boring for the first hour, but it does pick up for the last thirty-minutes. The Blu-ray features an extended version of the film, but there isn't much of a difference. I can only recommend the film to JFK. historical buffs.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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