Where In The World Is Osama Bin LadenJuly 10, 2008
An interesting film and concept- not quite sure about the whole premise of checking out the world to make sure that it’s safe for his newborn son but at least the approach to the attitudes of different people around the globe come across a tad more than his personal life in the end. At times though, it is rather mawkish with the calls to his wife and showing the progress of the pregnancy.
There are some rather serious moments in the film but they are unfortunately counterbalanced by some rather playful scenes that could have been left out. While the video games scenes add some humour, I think that showing him get a buzz from firing weapons is rather spurious to the message of the film. However showing the street scene in Israel and the situation with the US forces are dealt with very well and show what obstacles are out there for any sort of resolution.
What really makes this film though are his conversations with ordinary people in different countries. Some are just the expected stonewalling that you would expect from anybody connected with Osama but the interviews with the two boys in Saudi Arabia and the religious leader really show how things work on that side of the world.
So a mixed film really- Spurious Spurlock on one side and Serious Spurlock on the other. Ultimately his message does come through, but the people that need to hear it aren’t the ones that will watch this film.