THE PLOT THUS FAR
Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Killing Lincoln is the suspenseful, eye-opening story of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. While some aspects of the plot to slay Lincoln and cripple the newly forming union are widely known, much more of the history unfolds in this insightful thriller. As actor John Wilkes Booth becomes increasingly obsessed with removing Lincoln from office, a secret cabal forms, and ultimately empowers Booth to carry out an event that will change America forever. Narrated by Oscarr Winner Tom Hanks* and produced by Tony Scott and Ridley Scott, this historical masterpiece stars Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing) in a spectacular turn as President Lincoln.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Killing Lincoln” shouldn’t work for me since I’m not a fan of Bill O’ Reilly’s work. That being said, there is something to seeing the Scott Brothers produce a thorough production of his work. The guy has certain ideas and hypothesis that require a bit of theatricality. That being said, Tom Hanks’ smooth narration helps a lot of the sticky points out. It’s just a shame that we didn’t have that patented air of authority to work out the other troublesome areas.
I also think it would have been great had Hanks just narrated the entire story. As it is the film is entertaining but I think at times we never really connect with the re-enactments and I think Billy Campbell really gets hosed because he never really gets to come to life as Lincoln. It seems most of Lincoln’s greatness is told through the narration so the acting of Campbell really doesn’t have much of a part to do. On the other hand, Johnson is simply wonderful in the role of Booth and really manages to steal the film.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, interview and featurettes. Plus, you get a digital copy. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is really strong for a film like this. That being said, the 1080p transfer jumps around all over the place. That being said, I’d still recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!