|' Parkland ' ( 2013) Movie Review - Toronto Film Festival|
Narrative introduces us to Abraham Zapruder ( Paul Giamatti ) , the man who captured what very well may have recorded the most watched ever , Zac Efron and Colin Hanks play doctor Parkland Memorial Marcia Gay Harden , while playing a head nurse . We meet the Oswalds , Lee Harvey ( Jeremy Strong ) , his brother Robert ( James Badge Dale ) and mother ( Jacki Weaver ) , Billy Bob Thornton as the Dallas Secret Service Agent Forrest Sorrels , and Ron Livingston as James Hosty , the FBI agent tracking actual Oswald over the last year .
This is a big and strong player and a lot of characters to juggle . Heading to the theater capture the idea of the story of so many different angles sounds very interesting , but the final product feels cheap and amateur . I do not know if it's fair , but the lack of energy and overall average properties of Parkland feel burdened best on the shoulders of first time feature director Peter Landesman .
Landesman , best known for the controversial 2004 " New York Times " article , also wrote the screenplay , which wastes little time into the story . Eager to see the President rolling through the streets outside his office , Zapruder rushed out with his camera . The motorcade turned the corner and soon all we hear is what sounds like a trio of tiny clicks . Zapruder shout and we learned Kennedy had been shot .
I 'm sure it was intentional , since the film is set to focus on characters other than Kennedy and vice versa everyone around him is affected by the shooting , but to minimize the horror of the day so that seemed odd to me .
Walk to Parkland , we know the President would be shot . We know it is the focal point of this movie , even if the question is the focus of everyone but Kennedy . However , murder is still in the middle of the story . So , to turn it into a bit a few beans and Giamatti running around screaming , " They shot him ! They shot him ! " Did not sell at the slightest. So , since the beginning of this film feels small . Landesman does not do anything to build scenarios , and he also failed to provide a real sense of the amount of time passes and in which geographic everything as we blindly bouncing from one location to the next .
The first ten minutes or so were spent introducing us to everyone and everywhere the story will take place , but there is no real " in between " . We were told Parkland Memorial just a few minutes from where Kennedy was shot , but geography is not clear , and even more so after we saw it and it seems to be in the middle of nowhere . It's clear Zapruder 's office is right there in Dealey Plaza , but we do not know how close to real . The scene just move from one location to the next , and while we know where we are at any time , in which only the name , nothing more .
There was a point in the movie where one of the characters says something like , " What a terrible place to die . " This pathway would work if the city had some sort of identity . Just like the characters , this town has no identity . I get the impression I was watching a movie well researched , but the audience is not privy to any Landesman learned while putting the story together .
Parkland wants to focus on what the official synopsis calls " unexceptional people struggling to survive and achieve extraordinary heroism time " . However , people never focus because we do not know them , we just know them by their work . Efron is not the character of Dr. Jim Carrico , he's just a doctor . Thornton was a Secret Service agent , instead of Forrest Sorrels and so on . Some characters , thankfully , does not stand out and make sure the film is not a total disaster .
James Badge Dale as brothers Oswald and Jacki Weaver as her mother took part to one of the characters is really given enough time to be considered character . Oswald family alone would make the movie better . Oswald mystery to the alleged killer , who still believes his brother sister and mother did odd that confirms he was an American spy . If Oliver Stone ever want to go back to JFK region LHO features are waiting in the wings .
Also , in terms of emotional resonance and memorable moments , I have to give respect to the treatment of Jackie Onassis ' character here . Shock they experienced perceived and easily the best film has to offer in terms of smoothness . Just as the film can be focused on Oswalds alone , with some reshoots could actually be all about Jackie as the majority of the characters feel like nothing more than extra pay more anyway .
Overall, there is little nugget attraction here , but in the end this was a " ho hummer " . Proximity of the film is lost when the decision was made to keep the murder from the screen and could never get back on track .