Recount tells the story of the lawyers and electrion teams of the Republicans and Democrats right after Election Day 2000. While the big TV networks have already declared Bush as the winner, Associated Press has different numbers and calls Ron Klain asking why Al Gore is about to throw in the towel while it’s all but certain that he’s lost. Just in time Gore’s assistants can manage to keep him from declaring a loss but then the real battle begins and Floriday where the voting machines constantly are giving different numbers of votes becomes a battleground between politicians, lawyers and even courts.
Sound and Vision:
Recount has a very high documentary feeling and is mixed with real footage as well as TV images from the actual period. As such, the image quality differs a bit from scene to scene where the movie footage is quite good, but the TV images quite grainy and lacking detail. Nothing to worry about though as you probably won’t be annoyed by the image quality as it perfectly fits the movie.
The sound focuses on the front channels with mostly dialogue and a bit of music and action here and there.
– Audio Commentary Track
– A chat with Kevin Spacey and the real Ron Klain
– A chat with Bob Balaban and the real Ben Ginsberg
– The real story of the American Presidential elections of 2000
Recount is a movie that shows what happened behind the screens of the 2000 presidential elections in Florida where Bush was finally declared winner. Although you know from the start what the outcome will be, the movie does manage to keep the viewer interested thanks to the interesting storyline and great acting and the fact that this is the first time we find out how the political game was played of course also helps. Despite leaning slightly towards the Democratic point of view we also get a view of how the Republican supporters felt during the entire time, something we can only support.
Although the movie has a clear political message it does try somewhat to remain neutral (something it doesn’t achieve in all the time) and as such manages to appeal to a larger audience. People with an interest in politics should certainly not let this one pass by.