Code Name: Geronimo - The Hunt For Osama bin Laden [DVD]
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After interrogated detainees reveal details on Osama bin Laden’s possible whereabouts, intense training begins for a team of Navy Seals who ready themselves for an unknown mission, with the only Intel that it will be top priority. With orders received from the Pentagon, the team lands at the US Air Base in Bagram, Afghanistan and learn their target will be known as Geronimo.
Code Name: Geronimo is the gripping story of an extraordinary group of Navy Seals who undertook the most daring military operation of our generation to either capture or kill America’s number one enemy.
"Gutsy and gripping" **** (Zoo)
"tremendously gripping and shot with real tension” (Orange Film)
"Non stop action from beginning to end." (Planet Browny)
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It probably is more for TV but I would equally have enjoyed it at the cinema.
Plus anyone who has ever lived in South Asia knows that the IT infrastructure just ain't that good, and is constantly monitored by the local cops. Satellite phones are illegal and if you're not part of the local security set-up you're probably toast if you use one...
Still, technical stuff aside, everyone knows the story, and at least they don't show anyone being tortured for information and the film is entertaining and well acted...
The acting is not great and the plot tagged together and could have been done better based on what is in No Easy Day and Operation Geronimo. Some of the sequences with the Seals shooting card targets.....well I'm no expert but Im guessing that if you get to the point where you are on Seal Team 6 that your ability to hit a card targets isnt something they waste your time with.
It's difficult to criticise and not spoil it for people who do want to watch it.
The "antics" of the CIA spies throughout are almost comedic, and makes it seem like the CIA's best asset is now a webcam...... and the film bills it as the mission to "kill or capture" Bin Laden....when its since become pretty clear that this was a mission to kill him in all but the most extraordinary circumstances. This point is pushed by various CIA characters in the film and is typical of how the films feels the need to "dance" around what became hard facts about this mission. You also have the "act of valour" inspired moments depicting the Seals home lives.....and this then seems to set out to show mostly how they are in broken relationships or no relationships, which is contrary to what most literature says about this type of soldier. The first ten mintures have nothing to do with the actual events and just add unnecessary plot elements to the film involving the loss of a comrade. Why add needless details ? Why waste screen time about a 10 year hunt with fiction ?
Zero Dark Thirty will, I feel, be a better portrayal of events around this moment in history.
However, if you're expecting a quality, action-packed Hollywood blockbuster or something akin to the vastly superior Act of Valour or Zero Dark Thirty you will be sadly disappointed. Just don't expect too much, imagine you're watching it on Channel 5 and you probably won't be too disappointed.
Also, be prepared for the usual U! S! A! Hoo-rah! approach and propaganda. Cut with real life news footage and Obama sound bites - along with cheesy, interview style, talks to camera from the Seal Team 6 members (or at least the actors portraying them) about what it means to be a 'warrior' - this film somehow manages to feel even more like a recruitment film for the US military than normal... And that's really saying something!
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