Revealing mistake: When Raymond Shaw's skull is being drilled to implant the chip, bone "dust" comes out. This never happens, since always some blood comes out and the bone debris are mixed with blood and therefore unable to "fly" like wood or plaster debris.
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Ending / spoiler
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Anthony Mackie, Jeffrey Wright, Pablo Schreiber, Dorian Missick
Unlike the original, this remake has nothing to do with cards. Maj. Bennett Marco (Washington) slowly visualizes events in Kuwait which lead him to believe that he and he was platoon were brainwashed into believing Raymond Shaw (Schreiber) had saved them in combat. Raymond was brainwashed into killing Sen. Jordan (Voight). Eleanor Shaw (Streep) has the power to brainwash the men as well, and she brainwashes Marco into assassinating President Arthur so that Raymond can be the next president. During the convention, Marco gets prepared to snipe Arthur, but Raymond, who is also brainwashed, overcomes the spell and lures himself and Eleanor into Marco's sight. Marco kills both of them with one bullet. Rosie (Elise) who turns out to be a Federal Agent, stops Marco from killing himself by shooting him in the shoulder. Marco goes back to the island where Atticus Noyle (McBurney) brainwashed the men. He places a photo of the platoon and the Medal of Honor in the water.
Senator Thomas Jordan: And you bring me rumors and conjecture.
Ben Marco: I started with nightmares. Rumors, conjectures, that's a giant leap forward.
Question: Isn't the whole premise for this movie dead wrong? There is no precedent for an assassination of a president ELECT. He is not president so therefore anyone could become president. The Constitution does not apply to "elects" What does happen?
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Answer: According to the Constitution, the Vice-President elect is actually elected separately by the Electoral College, i.e. they are really not a package deal, the death of one doesn't negate the election of the other. The Vice-President elect would indeed become the President.