You'll never believe how close we came
Dramatisation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear standoff with the USSR sparked by the discovery by the Americans of missle bases established on the Soviet allied island of Cuba. Shown from the perspective of the US President, John F Kennedy, his staff and advisors.
This is one I watched in History class in installments so bear with me for this review. The film stars Kevin Costner who does a good job as the leading role. I cared about his character and America's struggle to avoid nuclear war. The film follows JFK's decision to handle the Cuban Missile Crisis. At times I was on the edge of my seat in the war room with well written dialogue but at others I scratched my head at some of the decisions made. Like the lack of consistency and poor pacing. The story starts off fast past and introduces the characters well but then it sort of dies until about 20 minutes remaining. I do wish it showed…
This is really an under-seen gem. Telling the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the film makes the bold move of casting the Joint Chiefs as the most visible villains, rather than the Soviets. As a result, Thirteen Days manages to explore the domestic threat of a military industrial complex driven by hyper-masculinized ego as one that is institutionally incapable of recognizing its mistakes. Fresh off of the Bay of Pigs disaster, the military is craving another chance to prove itself, and after this narrowly averted crisis several members of the administration comment how they can now "run the table on Kruschev" in Southeast Asia, setting the stage of the debacle in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the foreign threat is cast as…
General Curtis LeMay: Those goddamn Kennedys are gonna destroy this country if we don't do something about this!
An above average movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis with very mediocre acting. It was a try hard Oscar type movie that failed to interest me the whole way through. Good history lesson for my history class but not a great movie.
I saw this but I remember nothing from it. This rating is just what I rated it on IMDB at the time.
Publiqué el 14/03/2010:
Thirteen Days (Donaldson, 2000)
The sheer pleasure of the mechanical inter workings of the political machine appeal to me most. Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp and, surprisingly, Kevin Costner, are all towering as JFK, RFK and Kenny O'Donnell (special advisor to the President), each contributing to a peaceful resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Every scene is staged with the utmost suspenseful language, crackling with sparks of intelligent dialogue and careful structure. Only in the closing scenes, when the film becomes sappy - leaving its beautifully impersonal tone behind - does it slide out of brilliance. For the most part, I can't see why people didn't make a bigger fuss about it. This is a solid, extremely entertaining - often downright exciting - motion picture.…
Missile conflict with the Russians on October 1962, excellent insight.
Die Geschichte, die dieser Film zu erzählen hat, ist erschreckend und spannend zugleich. "What if" Gedanken, die unweigerlich kommen, sind welche, die man wohl nie real erleben möchte.
Wenn man bedenkt, dass es im Kalten Krieg für die Menschheit mehrmals Fünf vor Zwölf geschlagen hatte und das für mich Unvorstellbare jeweils immer nur durch das Handeln einzelner Menschen verhindert wurde... Menschen, die in wohl unfassbar stressreichen Situationen über das Schicksal der Menschheit zu entscheiden hatten, auch gegen damals geltende Vorgehensweisen...dann läufts mir eiskalt den Rücken runter.