Assume Trump actually successfully stole the election resulting in democracy’s continued erosion, race riots, bounties for journalists, scientists concerned about climate change and all enemies of the demagogue snuffed out with the world heading into a crisis. Then imagine Trump was assassinated with crowds dancing in the streets clashing with “patriots”. Well you have the background for this film with Trump not being named but I think viewers we are intelligent enough to know the assassinated American President is Donald Trump.
The evidence is compelling and the admission by a man calling himself Amos Otis rather seals the guilt. So quickly we are launched into a courtroom drama at which point if you can recall “Perry Mason”, “Street Legal” or “L.A. Law” you might start yawning and say, “Not another one!”.
But rather quickly what could become boring shifts into a riveting cat and mouse game. Amos Otis died two weeks prior to the assassination of a heart attack with a pile of opiates at his side and a big wad of cash which the assassin pockets to rent an apartment facing the airport and buy a very deadly and accurate sniper’s rifle. And from that apartment blows the President’s head off on the tarmac. He is quickly apprehended but there are absolutely no markers that show the assassin exists.
The assassin weaves a fascinating story about being from the future sent to assassinate the President and save the world or at least give it a chance to escape the dictators supported by the President and the President himself. He also claims Lee Harvey Oswald was a time traveller as if Kennedy had not been killed America would have descended into chaos.
The assassin weaves a compelling story that the jury seems to be convinced he may be a time traveller. An open and shut case weakened by a clever time traveler. Josh Katawick as the assassin delivers a convincing story. Is it a story or reality? The film does not answer that question leaving that up to you. A solid cast is a necessity in a film like this dealing with what may be absolutely ludicrous premise as a few bad lines could quite easily ruin the film. But the cast is skilled and very tight and successfully converts the unbelievable into possible reality. A courtroom drama like no other.
The film is directed and written by Cincinnati playwright Greg Newberry and will be released on Digital/VOD by Gravitas Ventures on December 28th. My film choice for New Year’s Eve is the original “Blade Runner”. “Who is Amos Otis?” might be a great holiday flick and perhaps suitable for the homebound on New Year’s Eve?
Newberry has this to say about the film, “My inspiration for Who is Amos Otis? came from the daily barrage of headlines and tweets that fueled the dangerously expanding divide among Americans. We are a nation hurtling toward civil war – divided by race, class, culture and religion not seen since the days of Gettysburg. I wanted to create a story that illustrated the devastation we could cause to our future if we failed to act. The stakes for our country were too high to do nothing.”
You can catch the trailer here https://vimeo.com/643665064/850dd2c3b1