Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden
Seal Team Six showcases the story of how the Intelligence Community found bin Laden, received the green light, and the Seal team accomplished its most important mission ever. This movie seems to be a prelude into the more Hollywood version coming out this December in theaters. This film is a straight to DVD film and is clearly low budget. But the film is not bad.
The film showcases a B-level cast including Cam Gigandent (Priest, Easy A, The O.C.), William Fichtner (Dark Knight, Prison Break, Armageddon), Robert Knepper (Prison Break, Transporter 3), and Xzibit (Derailed, XXX2). The acting was solid with enough strong mid level performances without any clear star or poor performances. The director used an interview style to narrate the film and give some of the back story and inner emotions of the team. While this has been used a lot lately, it was not very effective in this film. It seemed to constantly stop momentum in the story telling. Using it as a bookend tool would maybe have worked better than constantly dispersing the film with random interviews with the Seal Team and lead analyst.
Overall not a bad film. I would call it one of the better direct to dvd action films. The subject matter helped since it was the first time the subject hit the screen. However I am sure Zero Dark Thirty directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, James Gandolfini, and Kyle Chandler will exceed this film in every way. I give this film 2.5 stars. Not bad for an afternoon rental and as a great way to learn the basic subject matter before the blockbuster this December.
Movie poster from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2095605/