13 Days

Year: 2001
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Roger Donaldson
Producer: Kevin Costner
Writer: David Self
Cast: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp
A welcome return to form for Costner's choice of movies after too long trying to impress with sweeping, sugary vistas like The Postman and his rash of sports movies. The tension is edgy and constant, the performances perfectly suited (except for the Kennedy brothers' accents), and the story - no matter how accurate - of the Cuban missile crisis thoroughly engaging.

If it is true it sheds new light, I believe, on JFK's assasination. So far among conspiracy theorists, the US military hasn't been as popular a suspect as the Mafia, CIA etc, but if this film is to be believed, Kennedy's highest ranking Generals were desperate for an excuse to rid the world of the Red Menace, and Kennedy was all that stood in their way. Near-perfect dramatic grounding for the action sequences as well.

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