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Unite Or Die.

10/10
Author: kylehaines96 from United States
31 December 2011

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In Part 5 of our fantastic Mini-series John Adams played by Paul Giamatti is trying to preside over The Senate and to debate over what to call the new President. Johns opinions are ignored and he has no actual power. He is excluded from George Washingtons inner circle of cabinet members and his relationship with Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hammilton are strained. Part 4 concludes with Johns inauguration as the second president and his subsequent arrival in a plundered executive mansion.

Not Rated.

1hr 3min/63min.

****/****

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The Vice President

8/10
Author: jotix100 from New York
23 July 2009

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John Adams finds himself in the position of having the second highest job in the new government, yet, his voice is not heard as it should be. He is ridiculed by what he sees the President's title ought to be, something that meets the disapproval of the higher ups in the senate. What's more, Adams finds himself ignored by Washington, as shown in the dinner where he is politely asked to step out of the room as the General wants to conduct business with the cabinet, including the odious Alexander Hamilton, or his friend, and ally, Thomas Jefferson. It is indeed a defeat.

The war in Europe takes its toll in the new country. Loyalties with France are an issue. The greatest United States ally has its own worries, exacerbated by the French Revolution. At home, the Federalist movement begins to take its toll on John Adams. He watches as people like Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton favor the trend.

In the end, John Adams is vindicated. After eight years serving his country as the Vice President, Adams is elected United States President. Thomas Jefferson was elected to serve as the second in command. The two friends had to endured a difficult time in that period of history.

"Unite, or Die", the fifth chapter in the series, brings about the fragility of the new nation into focus. Tom Hopper directs with sure hand the adaptation of Kirk Ellis of the David McCullough's novel. Tak Fujimoto and Danny Cohen do their magic with their impeccable photography.

All the principals do their best as in the other installment. Rufus Sewell appears as Alexander Hamilton, a man that brought with him a lot of controversy to his position in government. Kevin Trainor plays Charles Adams, the son that turns badly because of the way he conducted his life. He was a thorn in his father's heart.

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