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I went to see this “controversial” fake documentary about the October 2007 assassination of George W. Bush and I can ensure you that, contrary to Robert Reich’s fears, it’s in no way incitement to kill the president or advocacy of the same. It rather soberly posits that elevating Dick Cheney to the White House through acts of political violence would not achieve anything worthwhile. For the first two-thirds or so of the film, moreover, it’s got a lot of very clever, highly enjoyable filmmaking techniques, using clever editing and pastiche techniques to insert fictional people into scenes with the real White House staff, repurposing footage of Ronald Reagan’s funeral as Cheney’s eulogy for Bush, things like that. Near the end, it really drags as they develop a not-so-interesting plotline about the investigation into the assassin’s identity.

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