Parkland is not about the assassination of JFK itself, but the aftermath. The hours following that moment in Dallas when the shots rang out. It focuses on the people (played by Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden) in the hospital who attempted to save JFK’s life, on the man who happened to be videotaping the parade and caught the assassination on camera (Paul Giamatti), on the immediate investigation into the shooting (with Billy Bob Thornton), and on the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald (James Badge Dale), whose life ws basically over.
Colin Hanks, Ron Livingston, Colin Hanks, and Mark Duplass are also among the ensemble in what looks to be a very powerful, provoking movie from first-time director Peter Landesman. It’s a lot to take in on a Wednesday morning.
Parland arrives in theaters on September 20th.