An all-star cast in a drama about how seismic events affect ordinary lives.
This November will see the 50th anniversary of one of the 20th centuries most shocking and most contentious events.
Expect a glut of documentaries about the assassination of President John F Kennedy to be forthcoming in the next few months as well as this intriguing ensemble drama, Parkland.
Oliver Stone’s 1991 mesemeric, breathtaking yet flawed JFK is still the most famous movie about the assassination and is a tour de force of filmmaking.
It is a masterpiece of complex storytelling, stunning performances and peerless editing but its polemical, hysterical conclusions do not stand up to scrutiny.
Parkland, however, is not a conspiracy thriller, and explores the stories of the ordinary people thrust into the heart of such extraordinary events.
Any film that features a cast that includes Paul Giamatti, Tom Hanks, Billy Bob Thornton, Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, James Badge Dale and Jacki Weaver is always going to be worth our attention.
The official synopsis reads thus:
‘November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever – when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. We follow in real time a group of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after this incomprehensible event that would change their lives and forever alter our world’s landscape: the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital, the chief of the Dallas Secret Service, the unwitting cameraman who captured what has become the most watched and examined film in history, the FBI Agents who had gunman Lee Harvey Oswald within their grasp and Vice President Lyndon Johnson who had to take control of a country in a moment’s notice.
‘Thrust into a scenario of unprecedented drama with unimaginable consequences, these key characters respond with shock, outrage, determination and courage. Woven together, their seemingly disparate perspectives make one of the most thrilling and powerful stories never told.’
Parkland emerges from behind the picket fence on the grassy knoll on 8th November.