With Zero Dark Thirty (to be reviewed later this week) opening locally on Jan. 11, the controversial SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden—which aired on the National Geographic channel during the elections—comes to home video.
This film takes more of an action-movie approach, utilizing fictional interviews with Team 6 members and CIA operatives to tell its story. For a TV movie, it isn’t half bad.
Compared to Zero Dark Thirty, it doesn’t stack up dramatically or technically—but it did manage to keep me engaged. I watched both films on the same day, and I can tell you that the major difference that occurs during the Osama raid is that one film has Osama armed, while the other just has him running around in a robe.
A “gung-ho” feeling pervades this film. As for the political controversy, it does have real shots of Obama and his cabinet watching the mission, and a lot of Obama voiceovers. One does get the feeling that the makers of this movie had a favorite candidate for president in the last election.
Overall, this movie was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. It’s not good, but it’s not bad, either.
SPECIAL FEATURES: The only special feature is a short making-of featurette.