March 19: JFK: The Smoking Gun (#19)

Day 19 of #DocuMarch is about one subject that I've been captivated with ever since I was a little kid: the assassination of President Kennedy. I distinctly remember my dad telling me the story when I was a kid & seeing the unsatisfied look on his face as he disgustedly told me what he - and the rest of the world - was given as an explanation. 

JFK: The Smoking Gun looks at the assassination of John F. Kennedy through the forensic analysis conducted by Colin McLaren, a foremost Australian homicide detective, who, by using modern technology to examine every piece of ballistic detail and eye-witness testimony -- solves the greatest cold case mystery of all time and concludes that all evidence points to a 2nd shooter.

Seventy-five percent of the American people still refuse to believe the official story of President John F. Kennedy’s death. They do not think he was killed by a lone gunman but by a mysterious cabal that somehow conspired to have him killed. Colin McLaren believes he has found “the smoking gun” that killed JFK. Once you’ve seen this film, he’s confident you will believe it, too.
— IMDB

THOUGHTS

This doc finally made me realize that I'll never be satisfied with an explanation to this tragedy - no matter how many different viewpoints or scenarios that are introduced as a 'real' explanation - because unless someone steps forward with the truth (which, again, how do we know it's the truth?), I'll just be left questioning the motives of men that I've never met and politicians whom operate on a level that I'll never be able to relate to. Ergo, dissatisfaction and contempt. 

I've always been an all-or-nothing person when it comes to believing theories, and sadly... this doc just gave me more questions and frustrations than I had before. The JFK assassination sort of seems like 9/11 to me in the sense that people were left terrified, shocked, and lost with such a tragic event happening in a seemingly safe, comfortable place. 

The studies and examinations done with modern science in JFK: The Smoking Gun only pissed me off that so many people in Washington seem to be so opposed to hearing it... which leads to obvious suspicions by the rest of us. Even if there is no conspiracy and the American people know everything about the JFK assassination... those seeds of doubt were planted long ago, and they're only just starting to grow with each new generation. 

TL;DR

A doc about a story that everyone knows but done in a way that feels new and fresh. 

4 of 5 Stars!

Onwards,
--Justin