Sunday, November 04, 2012

NatGeo airs TWC film "Seal Team 6: The Raid on Osama bin Laden"

The Weinstein Company, with director John Stockwell, has made a 90 minute (2 hours with commercials) docudrama film to be aired on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday night Nov. 4, “Seal Team  6: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden”. 

The film provided a rather straightforward look at the “behind the scenes” world leading up to the raid, starting with the interception of a Kuwaiti courier, Abu Ahmad.

Later it’s somewhat interesting to see the brainstorming sessions at the CIA on how to verify that the “pacer” at the compound in Abbottabad really is Osama bin Laden.  Kathleen Robertson plays the female CIA analyst (Vivian Hollins) identified as “Jen” in Mark Owen’s book “No Easy Day” (Books blog Oct. 9).  They come up with a plan to “vaccinate” people in the area.

The last half hour recreates what must have happened, with the helicopter crash and then in the house, rather literally, but without all the interpretation possible in Owen’s book.

The Weinstein brothers deny that the showing of the film two days before the general election is intended to affect the results in favor of the president.  The timing is related to a deadline set by Netflix, which supposedly will release the film for instant play fairly soon.  But there is no question that when the raid was announced, it initially made the president look very effective.

A commander says “Al Qaeda: they are not afraid to die. Neither are we.  We are fighting for something greater than ourselves.”

The official site from TWC is here

The NatGeo link is here

The film seems a bit more mechanical than a couple of one-hour documentaries that aired on CNN and ABC two weeks after the raid (reviewed here in May 2011).  I also didn't find it as compelling as the film by Peter Bergen aired on NatGeo on Nov. 6, 2011.

My review of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is on my Movies Blog, Jan. 11, 2013.

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