Parkland (2013)

Marking 50 years since the assassination of President Kennedy, tells the story of what happened that fateful day in Dallas, Texas.

So much has been written and said about this moment in history, but ’s accuracy sticks to the facts.

As expected, the drama starts with the shocking footage of the President being gunned down in Dallas. is cast as Abraham Zapruder, the man who filmed the famous footage. We’re also introduced to young doctor Charles ‘Jim’ Carrico – portrayed by , who attempts to revive the world’s most powerful man who is bleeding out in his theatre.

The powerful hospital scenes are emotional, tense and keep you on the edge of your seat, particularly when the Secret Service are outside the hospital room, awaiting to hear from the doctors if the stricken President will live.

Elsewhere, Lee Harvey Oswald appears on screen with his lost and confused brother, played by . As it goes for lookalikes, casting as Oswald was a complete match. Most likely one of the best decisions they made in this movie. Likewise having as President Kennedy’s wife Jacquueline, in her infamous pink suit.

has potential to be so much better than it really is. Throughout the 90-minutes, we don’t see enough drama to keep us parked in our seats. Unfortunately it refuses to explore any conspiracy theories, therefore it’s seriously dull with no real sense of direction.

This film won’t change your conspiracy theories but it provides a compelling 90-minutes of entertainment.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Vital Stats

Running Time: 93 Mins

Release Date: 22nd November, 2013

Studios: American Film Company, Exclusive Media, Playtone



Aydan is very passionate about radio and journalism. He has experience in presenting radio for his community radio station, 107.8 Black Diamond FM. He completed several radio and multimedia courses with The Scottish Media Academy. He is also a massive fan of American TV shows like 24 and Breaking Bad.

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