There are many people who believe that we have not be told everything by our own government. Through the decades its reputation and that of its officials have been tarnished and with it, a loss of trust among its citizens. These events have birthed ideas that grew into widespread scenarios known as conspiracy theories; specifically orchestrated events conducted by our own government or of a higher authority. One such historical changing event was the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy. There have long been numerous theories behind who and why Kennedy was killed from Fidel Castro, the Italian mob and even our own government. These theories were exacerbated even further with the release of Oliver Stone’s 1991 film JFK which popularized the idea of the “magic bullet”.
Among all these playful ideas of “whodunit?” including the film which garnered unfavorably press for depicting events as factual, the answer is already out there… it’s just that there is always more intrigue in the mystery. A new documentary Truth is the Only Client: The Official Investigation of the Murder of John F. Kennedy from writer/directors Todd Kwait and Rob Stegman shines a light on a topic many would rather neglect and instead play truth seeker. The film is aiming to be the definitive answer as to who killed JFK and with numerous interviews with those attached to the Warren Commission, a group formed to investigate the assassination of the President, as well as additional evidence it is hard to argue. The film dissects every aspect of the case as well as the conspiracy theories that surround it. Everything is broken down into segments and by the film’s end the puzzle is complete making it abundantly clear that Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK and Jack Ruby later killed Oswald.
What aids the film were the personality breakdowns of both Oswald and Ruby concluding these were both deranged individuals with intentions of doing harm unto others. Along with these studies we are also witness to new details that at the time of the investigation were withheld which only sullied the reputation of the Warren Commission and fueled more theories. The added bonus was the film addressing the many conspiracies surrounding the murder with each theory seemingly checked off the list with sustainable evidence to further negate their notions. Both Kwait and Stegman have created quite the case that even those with the smallest thread of doubt will be convinced that John F Kennedy was unquestionably murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald with no other motive than his own.
3 out of 5
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