Stars: Zac Efron, Tom Welling, Billy Bob Thornton
Release year: 2013
The movie gets its title from the Hospital that President Kennedy was taken to after being shot.
The movie covers the stories of four sets of people: the man who caught the assassination of President Kennedy on camera, the brother of the man who shot President Kennedy, the doctor and nurses of Parkland hospital who took care of the President, and the Secret Service's search for the assassin. It's the story of the events that occurred at Parkland hospital when President Kennedy was taken there with a bullet wound in his head.
The screen was shaky, most noticeably during the first thirty or so minutes, echoing the frustration, disbelief, and incredulity in the hearts of the people.I remember reading something like this on the back cover of some book: "why is it that when people hurt themselves, are shocked, startled, scared, etc. that they call on the name of Christ? What is it about that name? Some power must be attached to that name, by everyone". That's not a quote, but the basic idea, as I remember. In Parkland people called on that name pretty frequently. But it didn't bother me the way it might have, because they were in earnest, they didn't know what to do.
When the doctors realized President Kennedy was dead they were shocked. They could barely comprehend it. One of them said simply, "please, somebody tell me what to do now". It was impressive how the cameras were handled so that you never see Kennedy's face, at least not full on, and not with the focus on it. Because the movie wasn't about the President. It was about his murder, and it was about the people who had to keep things running when the man in charge was gone. Everyone seemed to be acting on feelings after the shock of the assassination. And the movie is very much about the people who had great responsibilities to fill out directly after the president died, and about the turmoil that went on inside them.
After Lee Harvard Oswald is shot and taken into custody he is brought to the same hospital, the same doctors, that President Kennedy had been taken to just days before. That was a scene that makes you realize how real life really is. Oswald shot Kennedy: Kennedy was taken to Parkland, died there. Ruby shot Oswald: Oswald was taken to Parkland, died there.
my rating: 4/5