“Open your eyes, question everything or you could lose everything.”
At what point does a national consciousness lose it conscience? At what point is it diverted elsewhere, losing faith with ideals, with pursuit of the truth necessary to have even the least informed opinion required to practice the slightest wisdom? This quote is from The Last Kennedy, a film that aspires to warn us all of what point we’ve passed in losing hold of our own freedoms and our own civil rights. In expressing this the creative directing of Richard Culver (co-writer with Darla Rothman,) amazingly versatile enough to have one of the leading roles and serve it to perfection, adopts techniques with camera and special effects that literally challenge the mind to look at “old hat” newly. Chillingly so.
The film’s primary contributor to its success however is the wonderful scope and delivery of the role of Linda, by Darla Rothman (also co-writer with Culver.) The use of frequent flashbacks, and alterations in chronology forward as well, make demands Rothman and Culver satisfy and exceed. Everything about this movie succeeding depends on riveting viewers’ attentions to details and on subtle meanings implied by actors’ inflections.
Orchestration of a Manchurian Candidate type scenario is played out before you on a scale as credible as any thriller conducting inspection of the more usual criminal conspiracy. Achieving this better than any one element is the inspired performance of Roger Bezanis as Bob. Bezanis takes Bob into extended dimensions of evil as something of a creative genius in executing his monstrous tasks (imagine hiring a serial killer to interrogate prisoners.)
Before long into this movie, you will begin to fathom a closer and closer involvement of its cast. As if the reality of its message itself is a driving force. Real tears, even real snot, and Culver’s acting dynamic as a man under mind control but fighting its directives all the way is absolutely first class. The pit of hell this man (Walter Lee Fitzgerald) must be in seems to even rub on the actor. By the way, look for some very close parallels and intended similarities with America’s past, at least since political assassination began to assume a bigger and bigger part in things. Mostly, look at a projection into the immediate future this movie has an incredible ability to help you make. Like retrospect arriving early, American viewers are forewarned as providence brings the very parallels of this movie with the present in the person of Senator Obama.
A reviewer has said of this movie, “It makes Manchurian Candidate look like a walk in the park”. That’s an understatement.
Too intense for children unless they’ve been to the Middle East, Zimbabwe….actually half the world, lately.