Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden (2012)
When the rumored whereabouts of Osama bin Laden are revealed, the CIA readies a team of seasoned U.S. Navy SEALs for the mission of a lifetime. Despite inconclusive evidence that bin Laden is inside the compound, and ignoring the possible ramifications of an unannounced attack on Pakistani soil, the Pentagon orders the attack. The SEAL Team bands together to complete their mission of justice in a riveting final showdown.
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It's funny watching the elements come together in this complicated scam. On one hand, the set-up isn't quite as complex as it seems, but there's an easy sense of fun in every exchange.
It was OK. I don't see why everyone loves it so much. It wasn't very smart or deep or well-directed.
It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
All of these films share one commonality, that being a kind of emotional center that humanizes a cast of monsters.
"The raid that supposedly led to Bin Laden's death has been shrouded in mystery for years. Speculation that the Obama administration may have embellished or outright lied about the true account of what happened has persisted, mainly because the White House has refused to publicly release images of Bin Laden's body. Although the White House said the corpse was immediately "buried at sea" in line with Islamic tradition, it quickly emerged that this was not standard practice. Numerous analysts have claimed that Bin Laden had in fact been dead for years and that the raid on his alleged compound in Pakistan was little more than a stunt. Other questions also persist, such as why the narrative and timeline of the raid has changed multiple times, why the White House initially claimed that "situation room" photos showed Obama watching the raid live when in fact there was a blackout on the live feed, and why neighbors in the immediate area surrounding the compound said with absolute certainty that they had never seen Bin Laden and that they knew of no evidence whatsoever to suggest he lived there."
If you are interested in the subject, for a TV movie this isn't bad at all. It is quite a comprehensive look at the hunt and capture of Osama.Compared to Zero Dark Thirty, it shows things from more points of view, namely from the seals training and the ground work of the agents on the ground in Abbottobad. Also the picture of the gun confirming identity is interesting. The post scripts at the end are interesting too.There are a couple of faults: some of the diversions about the seal's personal lives seem unnecessary. Also the blurry cam view of the attack on the compound are irritatingly unclear.Don't understand the very negative reviews of this movie. It can't fail to be interesting given the subject matter and good production values. Even in Zero Dark Thirty things were a bit slow till the raid started so it's not fair to fault this one for being boring.Overall well done.
I gave it a one because it was the lowest rating possible. If we were to edit this movie down to the facts, it would have been about five minutes long.It's one thing to take some artistic licence with a true story, but this movie didn't take licence. It seemed like they didn't get any support from the military and they didn't do much research. A lot of the details I noticed probably wouldn't have been noted by the average viewer.However, the most glaring detail was the way the military was portrayed - like a bunch of high school drama queens. The kind of garbage portrayed in this movie was unrealistic at best.Please, PLEASE don't waste your time.
Having just seen Zero Dark Thirty in theaters I thought it would be entertaining to watch a more docudrama approach to the topic. Ironically the documentary part of this movie is the weakest part - the "interviews" are stilted and wooden and unconvincing. The rest of the movie is actually quite good. I enjoyed the training and preparation footage, the on-the-ground assets work, and the whole vaccination attempt. The actual mission could have been longer, with more suspense - as it was done, it was all rather matter of fact. There was additional detail (don't know if it's accurate) about what happened to the Pakistani air force and the story with locals on the ground.All in all, I enjoyed it and if you want to fill in some blanks on the Osama bin Laden it's worth watching.