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In 1974 Samuel Joseph Byck attempted to hijack a plane he intended to fly into the White House to kill Richard Nixon - possibly the first time an airliner was to be used as a flying bomb in a terrorist attack. Sam Bicke is a lonely, ineffectual incompetent who feels wronged by his family, friends, employers and the world in general, though his problems are largely of his own making and his petulant refusal to compromise what he sees as his 'values'. Thus he loses his job rather than 'lie' to customers about prices, while at the same time he continuously deceives his friends, and steals from his friend and his brother. Elaborate plans for success founder on equally avoidable issues. As his world falls apart, he fantasizes Richard Nixon (then under the shadow of Watergate and soon to leave office) as his ultimate enemy, and Leonard Bernstein (to whom he dictates endless self-exculpatory audio letters) as his only friend and equal. As a bleak future closes in, Bicke mounts the ... Written by
I had the chance to see The Assassination of Richard Nixon over at the Loews at the Boston Common today. It was a packed house and Sean Penn, Neil Mueller, and Alfonso Cuaron were there to talk afterwards. But I'm just going to talk about the movie.
Overall, I found the film to be quite intoxicating. Sean Penn becomes Sam Bicke and the character is so interesting that I was left with his thoughts as I walked out of the theater. Especially in today's society, Nixon is an important film. It is about not letting the man get you down and it is about not electing into political positions when they are just going to lie and treat us terribly.
People will compare Nixon to Taxi Driver. And I understand this comparison. However, Taxi had much better pacing and much more violence. The performances here are just as compelling and the 70s look of the film is absolutely perfect.
There could be a few script tweakings, but some people won't be bothered by those little dialogue issues.
3 3/4 out of 5
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