The Assassination of Richard Nixon

I had already seen this many years ago, so long ago in fact that I can’t find an entry for it in this blog. I had forgotten a lot of it though, so I didn’t mind watching it again.

This is the partly-true story of Samuel Byck who tried to hijack a plane which he wanted to fly into the White House to kill Richard Nixon. Most of the story focuses on the events leading up to the hijacking, starting out one year before the event, with the actual hijacking taking up only the last fifteen minutes. So, it is a long slow-burner mostly.

The acting is fine, especially Sean Penn who I find to be great in some films, and not so great in others. Naomi Watts and Don Cheadle are both equally good.

The story left out a lot of details such as Samuel picketing the White House dressed in a Santa Claus suit, or being investigated by the secret service after he threatened the president (although these events took place before the events portrayed in the film). The actual hijacking was reasonably accurate though.

Not great, not bad, somewhat forgettable.

Date watched: February 21st
Score: 7/10
Film count 2018: 17

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