2012 Running time: 90 Certificate: 15 Rating: 3

Synopsis

Dramatisation of the events leading up to the capture and death of Osama Bin Laden, al-Qaeda mastermind and the world's terrorist non pareil. The film - augmented by actual news video and photos - follows snatch squad Seal Team Six as they prepare for their mission to nab America's most wanted from his Pakistani bolthole. Switching between CIA HQ in Virginia and the team on the ground, it's a nail-biting true-to-life action yarn.

Director

  • John Stockwell

Cast

  • Cam Gigandet

  • Anson Mount

  • Freddy Rodriguez

  • Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner

  • Kathleen Robertson

  • William Fichtner

Review

There was a certain inevitabilty that America would one day capture Osama Bin Laden - dead or alive. And there was an equal certainty that they'd make a film celebrating it.

This hit the screens before Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty but basically tells the same story - how miffed Uncle Sam's most wanted is tracked and grabbed from his Pakistani refuge.

Shot in a grainy docu-drama style, it's a solid albeit propagandist movie, featuring familiar faces such as Easy A's Cam Gigandet, American Pie's Eddie Kaye Thomas and The Dark Knight's William Fichtner.

After gleaning intelligence (possibly under torture), the beardy al-Qaeda mastermind is tracked to a high-walled, tinted-windowed compound just outside the city of Abbottabad.

However, his existence is unconfirmed until Kaye Thomas's CIA hotshot spots that the barrel of a compound guard's Kalashnikov matches that of an AK-47 in a photo taken of the wily old terrorist years before.

Suddenly it's action stations. After the go-ahead from the White House, Seal Team Six - the sort of muscle-bound grunts you could see in Predator or - if you were being uncharitable - Black Hawk Down - is launched on a nocturnal mission from neighbouring Afghanistan.

(According to this, another nocturnal mission one of the squaddies embarked on was into the bed of the flaky wife of Gigandet's Stunner, the group's unsurprisingly put-out leader.)

As most viewers are aware, the mission - unlike the Linda Norgrove fiasco - goes without any hitches: Obama is taken out and his body flown off for an anonymous burial at sea.

It's a workmanlike account of events that acted as a sort of universal closure for a gung-ho America which convinced itself that you really could wage a war against terrorism.

Let's just hope there's not a sequel.

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