Watch: The Independent 2022 123movies, Full Movie Online – A young journalist discovers a conspiracy involving a U.S. Presidential candidate that could change the election and the fate of the country..
Plot: It’s the final weeks of the most consequential presidential election in history. America is poised to elect either its first female president or its first viable independent candidate. Reporting history as it’s made, an idealistic young journalist teams up with her idol, legendary journalist Nick Booker, to uncover a conspiracy that places the fate of the election, and the country, in their hands.
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A thriller that pulls you in and doesn’t let go.
It’s often said that suspension of disbelief is not a bad thing when you read or watch fiction, but in the case of “The Independent”, you need no such thing. Sure it’s fiction, but it hits so close to home you can’t help but think ‘this could so easily happen, right now’.
I think it was a pretty good script to begin with, then you have a big name, Brian Cox, to add to the work and other actors who do not fail to deliver very credible performances, and what you get is a movie which will make you think of “All the President’s Men”, which of course was not entirely fiction, just dramatically boosted. I may have elected (pun intended) to watch the movie because it featured Brian Cox, but Jodie Turner-Smith, a compatriot (another intended pun) of Brian Cox, is the main actor and she delivers like the pro she is. John Cena was, in my humble opinion, the required American actor which the story called for; he may be better known for other than plain thriller movies, but, admittedly, he provided what was needed, and may well add fans to his list as more people watch the film.
IMDb’s storyline/synopsis is what I refer you to as I would not wish to spoil the movie going/watching experience for you. If that storyline turns you off because it sounds too far fetched or perhaps boring, I promise you it is neither, and it’s why I hesitate not in recommending it.
Despite a timely release and subject matter, the Independent is a very middle of the road thriller without much to say
Set in the months leading up to the 2024 United States presidential election, Olympic Gold Medalist Nate Sterling (John Cena) against all odds has become a viable candidate running as an Independent against the two political parties. At newspaper The Washington Chronicle, reporter Elisha “Eli” James (Jodie Turner-Smith) is researching a dip in lotto jackpots despite jackpots typically increasing during a recession. As Eli looks further into the anomaly, she finds connections in the accounting of the corporation managing the lottery with a super PAC working on behalf of Republican Senator and presidential hopeful Patricia Turnbull (Ann Dowd). Eli teams up with veteran columnist Nick Booker (Brian Cox) and the two set out to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.
The Independent is a political thriller written by Evan Parter, and the feature directing debut of Amy Rice who’d previously served as a staff writer on Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom and has some experiencing operating in the political arena having co-directed the 2009 documentary By the People: The Election of Barack Obama. Parter’s script appeared on the 2013 Blacklist of best unproduced screenplays, but it wasn’t until 2020 when the film was announced with Amy Rice directing and Kumali Najiani slated to play the lead until he dropped out with Jodie Turner-Smith taking over. Now dropping on Peacock a week before election night in the United States, I’m unfortunately disappointed to say despite proven talent on and behind the camera, The Independent is rather safe and ordinary.
To start off on a good note, the movie is well made with Amy Rice’s direction eliciting some solid thrills and performances from her cast. Jodie Turner-Smith is solid as journalist Eli even if the script does occasionally call for her to make some pretty boneheaded decisions at points in the story. Brian Cox is also good as Eli’s mentor/partner Nick Booker whose very much an old school journalist in both integrity and ethics and he’s established as being something of a “man out of time” with how he plans to soon retire and he’s quite good in the role. The biggest surprise however was in John Cena playing political candidate Nate Sterling and despite Cena more known for action oriented or comedic parts, he does pretty well playing a charismatic “outsider” politician thanks in no small part to Cena’s inherent charisma so it works pretty well for what it’s doing.
I think where the movie faulters however is in the core of this story because despite The Independent taking place in the “here and now” of American politics, it also feels oddly divorced from it as if the script is still operating in the years of 2010-2012. While there are some references to current events like fake news, conspiracy theories, and 1/6, the movie doesn’t feel reflective of the current political landscape especially when you have candidates who’ve openly spouted or endorsed Q nonsense. The movie has a very wishy washy take on politics never really taking any sort of stance on it down to the fact the reveal of the conspiracy is apolitical in nature. The Independent feels like the kind of movie that should’ve come out around the same time as something like Rendition, State of Play, or Green Zone and that kind of narrative while still there isn’t really at the forefront of the American political anymore due to the rise of extremists beliefs and conspiracy theories becoming more mainstreamed.
The Independent despite a topic premise and release date a mere week out from the election is well made and well-acted, but at its core it’s a very generic conspiracy thriller that’s completely divorced from the American political scene in which it sets itself. Instead of making commentary on real world political hysteria, The Independent creates an easy out for itself that leaves it a pretty toothless affair albeit one that’s not poorly made or badly acted.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Director Amy Rice
Writer Evan Parter
Actors Jodie Turner-Smith, Luke Kirby, Ali Marsh
Country United States
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Camera Leitz SUMMICRON-C lenses
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