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Volume 3, Issue 2                                    University of Houston

Save 'Thirteen Days' for the history class


Thirteen Days

Starring: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Steven Culp
New Line Cinema
Rated: PG-13

2 out of 5 stars


By Jack Glauser
Breaking News Staff

It is easy to call the new Kevin Costner film, Thirteen Days, one of those projects that make history look just plain bad.

The movie deals with the Kennedy administration and its problems concerning the Cuban Missile Crisis, which took place shortly after the Bay of Pigs incident.

Costner (The Postman) portrays the special adviser to the president. Fortunately, he beefed up for this role. Sadly, he adds a very bad accent to his reputation of bad acting.


Ben Glass/New Line Cinema


From left to right, Steven Culp (as Robert F. Kennedy), Bruce Greenwood (John F. Kennedy) and Kevin Costner (Kenny O’Donnell) star in the drama Thirteen Days.

Costner's lack of skill and his character were unnecessary in Thirteen. Without him, the movie would still make sense.

Now, you can't talk trash about history just because Hollywood decided to make a movie about it. The film was a good interpretation of what actually happened, such as the options America faced at that time.

The portrayal of John F. Kennedy by Bruce Greenwood is beautifully done and Robert F. Kennedy is played perfectly by Steven Culp. These two actors make the film interesting enough to stay awake until the end. If there is one thing Thirteen Days captures, it is the Kennedys' struggle for power and respect in the White House.

Although it is an interesting topic, it isn't worth two hours of Hollywood mumbo jumbo. There is no action or suspense. The majority of the film takes place in the White House and involves lots of chatter. Any action scenes are half-hearted attempts at entertaining the audience.

So when you are sitting in a history class, learning about how close America has come to going to war with Russia, pay attention. There is no reason to see Thirteen Days unless you're a history fanatic.

This is one of those films that falls short of historical movie greatness and into the category of high school history class movie day.
 

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