13 Days (a Film Review)

431 WordsJun 13, 20132 Pages
The film begins with the nuclear mushroom clouds that might have been and nearly was evoking fear into the movie goers. This atmosphere of chilling realism intensifies throughout the film as it reenacts the 13-day crisis, mid-October 1962, when American policymakers debated how to handle the discovery of Soviet missiles being installed only 90 miles from Florida. On one side the United States was ready to pounce on Cuban territory and on the other the Soviet Union was willing to go nuclear in defense of the island. But as the movie progresses we see how the world was spared from witnessing another bloody battle which would have been much worse than the wars fought before it. The two men responsible for averting the war are President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev. The whole movie began when the Soviet Union conceived the idea of deploying intermediate range missiles in Cuba. The Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev thought this to be an appropriate idea so that they could have the United States within their range and thus reduce the risk of a potential attack on the part of the American government. This was otherwise impossible because the Soviet Union lacked such long range missiles that could target the United States from their homeland. Thirteen Days recreates the most dangerous moment in human history. It recalls a confrontation in which nuclear war was really possible, reminding us of a continuing truth about the nuclear age. It takes the movie goers “into the room” as the president and his advisors struggle with a seemingly difficult problem that offers no good options. It allows the viewers to experience the uncertainties, frustrating foul-ups, and paralyzing fear of failure in deciding about actions that could trigger a reaction potentially killing 100 million fellow citizens. The film is not a documentary, it s a dramatization.

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