Parkland (2013) Movie Thoughts

Director: Peter Landesman

Writer: Peter Landesman (Screenplay) Vincent Bugliosi (Book)

Starring: Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Ron Livingston

Plot: A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


Tagline – November 22, 1963

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Parkland starts as we see the preparation for the visit of President John F Kennedy, with the FBI, Secret Service, local business, everyone in Dallas Texas waiting for this visit, until the events of that visit happen, the assassination of the president.

We follow the medical team that do everything to try and save the President, the law authorities looking to try and solve the situation, Abraham Zapruder (Giamatti) that filmed the events, the full aftermath of the day that changed America.

Thoughts on Parkland

Final Thoughts Parkland is an all-star cast showing us the reality of one of the most shocking moments in American history, the assassination of John F Kennedy. This is a film that doesn’t let any actor take centre stage, with the idea to show the aftermath of the assassination, showing how medical teams tried to save him, secret service looked for answers, the FBI looked for answers and the assassin is captured, seeing how even in the line of duty people will never be the same with what happened that day. Where everything in this film shines is by putting the spotlight on the people who are left believing part of it is there fault or part of it could have played out differently, with a cast that does all shine through this film.