Thirteen Days

I was a year and half old toddler when the Cuban missle crisis erupted. While growing up I certainly heard about this melee , but I never realized how many possible outcomes could have resulted. For those of you too young to remember this daunting episode in American history here is a quick over-view.On October 16th 1962, a series of U-2 spy plane photos were presented to President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) revealing that the Soviets had installed and were now setting up at least 40 medium-range ballistic missiles on the island of Cuba. These missiles could potentially be prepared for launch within 13 days. If launched their payload could have been devastating (up to 80 million Americans could have been eliminated almost instantaneously). Seen through the eyes of Special Assistant to the President and close personal friend, Kenneth P. O’Donnell (Kevin Costner).We see outstanding acting performances throughout thisfine film.As has been the case with most Hollywood productions this film portrays a mostly Americanpoint of view, in spite of the one-sided perspective I was often brought to the edge of my seat during several scenes. I recommend this film to anyone interested in political manoeuvring and historically accurate international events