The Killing Of John Lennon
In theaters from thursday 06 november 2008
Drama | 114" | United Kingdom
The film follows the travels and accounts of Mark Chapman (Jonas Ball) and gives the watcher an insight into his mind. It starts with him in Hawaii and how he does not fit in with anyone including his job; family; friends etc. He says he is searching for a purpose in his life and that it has no direction. He seeks refuge in the public library where he finds the book, 'The Catcher in the Rye'. He becomes obsessed with the book and believes that he himself is the protaganist in the book, Holden Caulfield. He believes the ideas in the book reflect his own personal life and how he does not fit in anywhere and he reads it constantly. He then finds another book in the library about The Beatles singer John Lennon and begins a personal hatred for him. Not because of his music but because he thinks he is 'phony' (something Holden Caulfield believes most people are in The Catcher in the Rye'). He thinks that someone who writes a song about having no posessions and no money and in real life has everything, money, fame is particularly phony. He travels to New York where John is staying at the Dakota Hotel and checks into another hotel reliving the events in 'The Catcher in the Rye' and is prepared to kill John Lennon. However he goes to see a film that changes his mind all together and he appreciates his wifes love and travels back to Hawaii. But, days later, he arrives back in New York and after being there for a few days gets John Lennons signature and waits for him to arrive back at his hotel and shoots him 5 times. He is arrested and given 20 years in jail. At his trial he pleads guilty and his case is a reading from 'The Catcher in the Rye' The film ends with him still and jail hearing about his killing events.