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Gripping and Exciting
leeandfong from London
10 September 2012
When I started watching this I didn't expect to learn anything I hadn't
already read about and so went into it with low expectations. But from
the moment Barak Obama turned up talking about what he was seeing and
having to make decisions on, it was obvious this was going to be far
more revealing than expected.
Put together through a series of interviews with the principles,
archive footage, computer animations and reconstructions. The entire
intelligence manhunt is presented with a sense of ever increasing
tension as the search narrows down to a single building in Pakistan.
When Obama first appeared I suddenly felt cynical, bracing myself for a
propaganda piece in an election year, however it only took a short time
to allay these fears. This isn't propaganda, it's simply the story well
told. In fact, the film makers seem to have taken steps to avoid it
being labeled as a political piece. Anything we know from the story
that is contentious (Did Osama hide behind his wife, for example) is
The interviews are brilliant. The politicians and intelligence analysts
give their first hand account; and whilst not speaking to any of the
military personnel who took part in the raid, the retired Seal Team Six
members explaining training, tactics and mindset is more than adequate.
A real plus point is Mike Durrant, the captured helicopter pilot in
Black Hawk Down, is interviewed to explain how and why the helicopter
crashed and what the soldiers were doing in that situation. But without
doubt the ace in the hole is having the first sit down interview with
Obama on how he perceived it and how he came to make the decision to
My only real criticism is the film makers at times made the military
action look like a video game. Anyone who's played Modern Warfare will
recognise the slow-motion take-down technique used for the fatal
shooting of Bin Laden. Throughout the picture the film makers allow the
drama of the event tell the story whereas the stylized action scenes
feel like they're pushing to increase the drama.
All in all this is gripping and exciting stuff that at times will have
you living the moment with sustained tension.
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