A history lesson with Zac Efron

Named after the Dallas hospital where doctors tried to revive JFK after he was shot, this plodding historical biopic soon expands its scope beyond Parkland Memorial, Bobby-style, for something ambitious but frustratingly unfocussed.

Zac Efron and Marcia Gay Harden are the medics who fail to save the ailing President, but their plot’s quickly sidelined by Billy Bob Thornton’s Secret Service agent, who’s trying to get his hands on Abraham Zapruder’s (Paul Giamatti) now-iconic videotape of the assassination.

Debut director Peter Landesman delivers slick visuals but struggles to wrangle his numerous plot strands into an effective whole.

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