- Studio: Leo McWatkins Films
- Release Date: Oct 15, 2004
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attaboyJun 8, 2005Had this movie not been totally absurd to the point of hilarity, it would be a zero. As a disclaimer, I am a slightly left-of-center student of history and American fireign policy, which makes this movie hard to swallow. It's glaring historical inaccuracies make this more of a propaganda film than a testament to Reagan, and it's release date, October 2004, a mere 2 months before the election, render the director's intentions evident. Simply put, the director was more interested in creating an analogue between Reagan's war on Communism and W's war on terror(ism). The film portrays Reagan as the lone voice against Communism in the post WWII, forgetting completely that we had witch hunts for Communists. The director shows him intransigent and unwavering in this anti-communist sentiment, which is the case and wouldn't be problematic if he were not obviously trying to compare this facet of Reagan to one of Bush (anti-terror). Another main failure of the movie was to overplay the "Star Wars" missile defense strategy of Reagan, which never materialized into anything (here the director fails to mention anything about MAD or how this exacerbated the security dilemma). Lastly, and perhaps most disturbing, the director gives Reagan street cred with each sector of the American conservative right. It shows him as anti-union, anti-tax (while conveniently forgetting to mention that he had to raise taxes later in his administration), and the last 5 minutes are pure pandering to the religious right, which is disturbing in the sense that the director was simply trying to energize the Republican base ahead of an election instead of portray Reagan in a true historical context.… Expand
What this Reagan movie really needed was . . . more Reagan. None of his admirers have his charisma, and none of the footage here is surprising. Fox News could easily produce a better film.
The devil had taken Reagan to the mountaintop and offered a world of spoils, from peace prizes to popular acclaim and a glamorous place in history. To reject it took more than guts. It took a man who put freedom ahead of his own glory. This is not a biography but the story of a man who faced off against the 20th century's "heart of darkness" and won.