Published on November 29th, 2012 | by Chris0
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden (2012)
Bah. I'm going to come right out and say it. I did not like Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden. Not because it was controversial or any of that other crap. But because it was pretty damned non-interesting.
The movie is basically a "Fauxdoc" outlining the events leading up to and then the raid on Osama itself. Plum full of stock footage, fake "interviews" with the team, and then the wholly dramatized portions. I just did not like this. No part of this gelled for me. It was so disjointed and, well, fake, that I had a hard time sitting through it.
I found the parts with the two Pakistani guys trying to get the local intel more engaging than any of the rest of it.
Harsh? Yeah, probably. But pulling this sort of thing off and being convincing is a difficult task, and they just didn't get it done. Sticking with a fully dramatized version might have fared better, even with the stock footage intact. It was the entire "reality TV" feel that the "behind the scenes with the team" sequences had. The phony internal conflict (oooo *I* want to be squad leader, ooo no *I* do, and then seriously, a catfight about it, REALLY?!....) just turned me off completely. The silly-sounding code names didn't help matters any.
I get what you were trying to do here. I really do. But it just didn't work.
Even when the action did happen, it just didn't. Far too brief and far too dull. Were I actually on Seal Team Six I would be pissed off. I'm going below the belt with Seal Team Six, and giving it a 3/10. Here's hoping that Zero Dark Thirty does things a little better. Or at the very least, a bit more interesting. Doesn't look to be available on disc yet, which doesn't matter because I wouldn't recommend you buy it. I saw it via Netflix streaming. I just mistyped that as steaming and considered leaving it that way.
Summary: Reality TV shenanigans just didn't work for me here. Quite the opposite.