Sunday, September 21, 2008

Every vote counts?

I watched that HBO movie Recount this week. Shivers. Though I thought the movie was weighted heavily towards the Democrat point of view, it really did make me think alot about how elections are decided, how control/power is obtained, and what people are capable of when the stakes are really high.

If you haven't heard about this movie, it's a dramatization of what went on behind the scenes during the 2000 presidential election. The movie follows the voting process as it played out in Florida, which turned out to be the deciding state in selecting George W. Bush as president. The film stars an impressive lineup of actors, including Kevin Spacey, Dennis Leary, Laura Dern, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., and Tom Wilkinson.

Performances were uniformly good, I thought. Laura Dern seems to almost channel Katherine Harris, and all the other members of this ensemble cast are very strong. I particularly enjoyed Tom Wilkinson, because he brought a layered version of James Baker (lawyer for the Bush/Republican interests) to the red side of the movie.

Also, Dave Grusin's haunting, vaguely unsettling piano score for the film was one of its primary triumphs. It captured the mood of the picture perfectly, and its spare, haunting strains added soooo much to the scenes in which they were used.

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