Besides a suspenseful plot, "Murder" boasts an ensemble cast. Also starring are comedian Dennis Miller, Alan Alda, Daniel Benzali from TV's 'Murder One', and Ronny Cox. The setting is the White House, but darker and more ominous than the real thing. Even the music heightens the tension, just like it should, without overwhelming the action. I have to comment on the tunnel sequences and chases because sometimes the camera work loses me in other movies. I have to try to figure out where people are and with the MTV camera work used now, it is getting harder. Not with "Murder at 1600"! Director of photography Steven Bernstein keeps pace with the action but never for a moment lets you forget where the characters are. I would say that he wrote the book on technique, and in fact he has: "The Technique of Film Production". Credit has to go to the screenwriters, Wayne Beach and the late David Hodgin, for creating intresting characters and a strong female lead equal to the male. Thankfully, Lane is no window dressing.
It is more fun to write a bad review, but I honestly enjoyed
"Murder at 1600". Only afterwards did I find out that my original
suspect was the murderer in the original script. See the movie and
make your own list of suspects! Rated R. Warner Bros.
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