Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? details
|Genres:||Documentary, Special Interest|
Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Sep 2008|
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Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?By SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 20 May 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Morgan Spurlocks first film, Super Size Me, asked a question with an incredibly obvious answer. What will happen if I eat only McDonalds food for 30 days? Youll get fat, obviously. It worked though, because Spurlock wrapped the answer up in an entertaining and often very funny film. His second film takes the same basic idea, this time the question is the films title and the obvious answer is dunno. Lightning, however, fails to strike twice, because this is an astonishingly boring film, which tells anyone who is even slightly informed about the Middle East, nothing they didnt know going in.
A big part of the problem is Spurlocks complete lack of an interview technique. His chatty style was disarming in Super Size Me, but the issues here are so much larger and so much more serious that it just doesnt work. At best his encounters with people are slapdash and reveal nothing, at worst he perpetuates a stereotype of Westerners that is deeply unhelpful. His trademark here is to walk up to ordinary people, have a normal conversation and then ask Where can I find Osama Bin Laden? Over and over he ploughs this furrow, learning nothing from the question and often simply coming off as rude (as he does with a shop assistant he drops the question on while shes helping him pick up some hand cream).
Spurlock says that he was spurred on to make this film by the imminent arrival of his son and a desire to make the world safer for him; laudable, but he achieves nothing with this film. He gets no new insight into what drives people to become terrorists, no new answers as to how we can stop young Muslims becoming radicalised and offers up no ideas to actually achieve his stated aim of making the world safer. Honestly Morgan, just join Amnesty International and shut up.
There is an attempt to make the film funny, as Super Size Me was, through computer game style animation and Spurlocks slightly sardonic persona, but it falls flat because nothing about this situation is funny. Its sad and depressing, but its sure as hell not funny.
Perhaps the only thing of worth that Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden does is to show, explicitly, that most middle easterners, most Muslims, dont agree with Bin Laden. They dont want to destroy our way of life; they simply want to get on with theirs, without having fear bullets and bombs every day. Of course if you have half a brain you know this already, but at least the film does make it very plain.
I dont know who this film is for, other than Morgan Spurlock, it feels like little more than My Really Dangerous Holiday Video and it certainly doesnt belong on a cinema screen.
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A decent watchBy a customer from London , 31 Dec 2008Just watched 'Where in the world is Bin Laden'. quite an interesting movie but more in a documentary sense about the middle east, it was never really a real attempt to find Bin Laden just a title to sell the movie.
It was interesting to see the real people of places like Afghanistan where usually the only image you get is people burning the US flag and shouting 'Allah Akbar' but this shows that in the whole the people are very welcoming and friendly. I was surprised by the warmth and humour of the people who often lived in extreme poverty, and it just goes to show that living in the west and being fed negative infomation by the media can sometimes start to blind you. He was always made to feel welcomed and given food. it was a bit different when he went to Israel and was pushed around and told to get out of the country by the group of jews he came across but then going to Israel and asking 'do you know where Bin Laden is' would get that type of reaction :lol:
Anyway worth a watch if only to get a sense of Perspective back about the whole 'War On Terror'
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SELF ABSORBEDBy a customer from London , 10 Dec 2008SPURLOCK RUINS WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD DOCUMENTARY BY THE NEED TO MAKE EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM.
Miss Placed Irreverence.By drunkenmaster (479 reviews) from Merthyr Tydfil, , 30 Nov 2008'Super-Size Me' was a classic documentary that demanded it take itself quite lightly. The humour here just doesn't fit too well. On the positive side this film does show that not all Muslims are fundamentalist would-be terrorists. Sadly..... that is about the only positive thing I can say about it.
Where is Bin Laden?By a customer from Southampton , 19 Nov 2008Insightful and informative look at trying to find Bin Laden, with Morgan Spurlock touring the north of Africa and the Middle East to get local opinion and to try and find the worlds most wanted man.
If you liked Supersize Me or Farenheight 9/11 then this could be right up your street. Will Spurlock find Bin Laden and get back to the states before the both of his first child, you'll have to watch it to see.....
Far more hard hitting than anything Michael Moore has doneBy a customer from Beith , 09 Nov 2008Talking to every day folk about how they felt is by far a better way to find opinion across the world than a fat man running after politicians and over editing anything thats contradictionary to the subject