Parkland Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Parkland

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Hardly a walk in the Park.

  • Starring:

    Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Paul Giamatti, Colin Hanks,  Ron Livingston, Jason Douglas, David Harbour, James Badge Dale, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Jeremy Strong, Mallory Moye, Bitsie Tulloch

  • Directed by:

    Peter Landesman

  • Running time:

    94 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Video footage of people shot. Gunshots heard. Panic, yelling, chaos, arguing. Suppression of evidence, property damage, written threats. John F Kennedy assassination, treason mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody scratch, bloody face, bloody head, very bloody hands, blood on clothing, blood on objects, bleeding, smeared blood, open wound, skull fragment, brain matter, pooled blood. X-rays, man on stretcher.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking. Prescription medication exchanged.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-words, sonofab*tch. Religious reference and exclamations. Cultural, regional stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    John F Kennedy, assassination, surgery, autopsy, US history, US Secret Service, Zapruder film, media, desperation, film processing, Lee Harvey Oswald, national emergency, confusion, jurisdiction, tragedy, pall-bearing, presidential swearing-in, siblings.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital, surgery, funeral, burial settings. Deceased husbands, deceased brother/son. Medical procedures (stretchers, IV drips, cutting clothing, incision, intubation, CPR, heart massage, paddles, flatlining, bandaging, examinations, X-ray). Addison's disease mentioned. Plane, horses (TV footage), flock of birds. Shaky handheld camerawork. Based on Four Days in November: The Assassination of John F Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Engrossing, revelatory, journalistic, moving, stark, embellished, sobering, gripping, suspenseful, fascinating, absorbing, well-intentioned. Some splendid performances, fine ensemble cast, sense of immediacy, expert direction, haunting score, refreshing perspective. Impeccable costume, makeup and production design.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Dull, cluttered, frustrating, scattershot, vapid, painful, miscalculated, awkward, incoherent, plodding. Some questionable performances, emotionally detached, lacks insight, banal dialogue, cheesy music.

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