The Lennon Report full movie review - A low budget film that makes a tentative point but ultimately fails to deliver
I'm surprise this has not been reviewed by more people seeing as it covers the death of one of the most important musical icons of our time.
Like many of our musical icons, the death of John Lennon was random and mysterious and suggestive of the same kind of conspiracy killing as JFK; perhaps not as elaborate but definitely with the shooting being done by the 'strange loner' type. Although this movie cautiously hints at a conspiracy ? it does not allow the film to elaborate this story line in any shape or form which I found disappointing. We are only given a titillating taste of possible mysterious circumstances when we see the possible staged bike accident at the beginning of the film which serves the purpose of distracting all police and medical aid from the real crime scene - which is the shooting of John Lennon. This causes his late arrival at the hospital and subsequent death due to massive blood loss. When I saw the bike accident scene, I anticipated that this line of mystery would be explored further in the movie but alas, I was left wanting and unsatisfied.
Instead we were presented with a somewhat clinical reportage of events that took place on the fateful night - focusing mainly on 2 characters; the Dr who was trying to save JL's life, and the journalist who was trying to get a story. The scenes were presented with sparing emotional content and not enough to keep the viewers' attention engaged. For me, this film could have been a lot better if some conclusion were aimed at rather than just the presentation of facts. I'm not sure if the budget was to blame for that or whether the subject matter would have been too sensitive an issue for viewers if it were explored with suggestions of a murder conspiracy. To sum up there was a distinct sense for me of failure to launch and I was left feeling a little nonplussed at the treatment of the story.