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Posted October 1, 2010
Thirteen Days--worth your time
The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was a tragic point in United States history. The country was the closest it has ever been to the brink of nuclear war. President Kennedy, the youngest President ever, was in office. The country’s safety lied in his hands. Thirteen Days, referring to the amount of time from the day Kennedy saw the photographs of deadly missiles on the island of Cuba to the time the crisis was resolved quite accurately followed history, showing President Kennedy’s executive committee (ExComm) diligently working to figure out the best option for action. Kennedy wanted to sacrifice the least amount of lives as possible, yet wanted to successfully remove the missiles from the island only 90 miles away. The administration had three main options: invade the island, launch air strikes, or set up a naval blockade. The film depicts how the country’s leaders felt during this tough period in time, and how nerve-wracking the entire situation was. Thirteen Days accurately shows the trials the country faced, the ships setting up the naval blockade, and the actions of the President in making sure the blockade executed its purpose properly. The movie was a very pleasing portrayal of the past (complete with an accurate setting and brilliant costume design)--one every history major will love. Even though some of the language and misuses of God's name could be omitted, it very suitably shows America in one of the biggest ordeals it has ever faced.
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