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The Final Year

The Final Year
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Rated: No rating 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: January 19, 2018 Released by: Magnolia Pictures

A little swayed towards the left is this fly on-the-wall firsthand and fully account of President Barack Obama's 2016 shoring up of his foreign policy centering more on his modest group with the copacetic Commander-In-Chief more in the background though offering warm candor and encouragement to many communities.

The Final Year may appeal most to Obama and political habitués, an interesting if less fair-minded profile of those last months which lacks the cogency of superior akin fare like "The War Room."

From John Kerry (Secretary of State) to speechmaker Ben Rhodes, including Samantha Power and Susan Rice a picture of the Presidential power is painted here in a more rosy light. Power is an intriguing part of a jaded group, the United Nations' U.S. envoy who deals with steady overseas work and a budding family. More emphasis is placed on the diplomatic than military aspects of the operation in covering some 21 countries.

Despair finds its way into the Obama oratory glow as The Final Year begins to wind up. Especially as Rhodes makes clear how unlikely it would be for Donald Trump to make his way to the White House; then finally the recognition on Nov. 8th that it wouldn't be Hillary Clinton's night.

While there is some perspicacity into the aspect of their business even in the light in which it's presented (consider Syria for example) Rhodes finally suggests "the pendulum will turn." Though not soon enough based on the current administration and what many may consider agitprop from Greg Barker's nimble, if slick direction.

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