2008 - United States - 115 minutes
Director - Jay Roach
Writer - Danny Strong
Internet Movie Database User Rating - 7.8/10 - Link to IMDb
My Rating - 4 of 5 Stars

The 2000 presidential election was a huge slippery step in the history of the nation. This film provides an insightful retrospective of the events plastered on the newspapers and television screens of the world for more than a month.

The film even educates persons involved in those events as to the other machinations outside their particular group. As example, Ron Klain, the lead council for the Gore camp stated in an interview that he was never aware of some of the facts about the actions of the various election boards throughout the state of Florida until a long time after the whole sorry mess was closed.

Even so, many will view the film with fully closed minds continuing to think whatever they have always thought about the dealings of the two opposing political camps. In a special feature on the DVD, Ben Ginsberg of the Bush camp has a conversation with actor, Bob Balaban who plays him in the film. Balaban brings up a scene in the film in which a group of Bush supporters invaded an office where the voting commissioners were attempt to conduct the recount and basically stopped the process. Ginsberg states that he thinks that was exaggerated for dramatic purpose even though the film makers intercut actual news footage as part of the scene.

I must admit that I am disdainful of politics and politicians, and Recount only serves to bolster my contempt. The film makes clear that the victorious outcome of the actions was rewarded not to those in the right but to the slickest political movers and shakers.

The acting in Recount is excellent with the cast led by Kevin Spacey as Ron Klain who headed up the Gore camp. He is surely matched in acting prowess by Tom Wilkinson as James Baker who headed up the Bush camp.

Along with these two, look for impressive performances from Ed Begley Jr., John Hurt, and Dennis Leary - all of whom are supported with excellence by the entire cast.

Last, but surely not least is Laura Dern as Katherine Harris. Harris surely milked her fifteen minutes of fame and Dern’s performance as an ego in heavy makeup a witty delight.

Anyone in the world with a critical mind knows that the election was stolen by the Bush camp. Recount illustrates this completely in a surprisingly even-handed manner not showing prejudice toward either side. It is a very good film.

Neil Turner
August 22, 2008