JOHN CURRAN | USA | ENGLISH | 2017 | 107 MIN
In the shadow of America’s triumphant moon landing, a political scandal rocks the nation when Senator Ted Kennedy covers up a tragedy that leaves a woman dead and a country in shock.
“I’m not going to be President,” a still tipsy Ted Kennedy prophetically admits to Joe Gargan (Ed Helms) after drunkenly driving his car off of a one-lane New England bridge and fleeing the scene, leaving Robert Kennedy’s former secretary Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) trapped in the wreckage. The youngest Kennedy, played with aplomb and impressive restraint by the totally transformed Jason Clark, refrains from immediately reporting the incident in fear of an inevitable positive alcohol test. As the excruciating hours tick on, the determined Ted entangles a web of abetting supporters, including his father Joe (Bruce Dern) and former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Clancy Brown), who emphatically encourage the remorseless senator to devise a tight alibi. But when the harrowing details of the victim’s demise are made public, Ted’s polished public persona begins to crack underneath the weight of growing contradictions and lies. Lead by Clark’s astoundingly detailed and awards-ready performance, the transfixing CHAPPAQUIDDICK absorbingly explores the corruption and abuse of power fueling this tainted American dynasty, and the lingering political distrust left in their wake.
CAST: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern
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