Excerpt: In the past twelve months we’ve been inundated with movies about Lincoln. Granted Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter isn’t exactly the biopic that Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was, but the 16th President’s name was in the title. We now have Killing Lincoln , a made for television movie that premiered on the National Geographic channel to the highest ratings the channel has ever seen. It’s narrated by Tom Hanks and was based on the book by television newsman Bill O’Reilly.
Excerpt: Bill O'Reilly is most famous as a television pundit, but he's published numerous books. Late in his career, he has turned to co-writing historical works on various assassinations—from Jesus to JFK. His first, though, co-written with Bill Dugand, was Killing Lincoln . Attempting to show the "shocking truth" behind Lincoln's assassination, the book was a hit (though perhaps more for O'Reilly's name than for the material in the book, which is yet another take on the already...
Conclusion: I'm guessing there's a lot of people out there who haven't seen 'Killing Lincoln,' either because they thought it would pale in comparison to Steven Spielberg's movie or because their politics are diametrically opposed to Bill O'Reilly and assumed the movie would be injected with some sort of right-wing message.
Summary: The story of Lincoln’s life and tragic death has been told countless times over the last 150 years. It’s one of the best known historical stories in American, perhaps in world history. It’s almost unthinkable that a new production could find anything new to tell us. Yet the wealth of new information here is quite astounding. For the first time we get a true sense of how a single man’s personality could drive such an event.
Conclusion: Awkwardly mixing filmed drama and documentary-style narration, Killing Lincoln is a disappointingly disjointed adaptation of Bill O'Reilly's novel about the 1865 assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Tom Hanks' narration is relied upon heavily to move the plot forward, and the film insists on telling the viewer what is important rather than showing them.