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Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)
Friday, April 18, 2008
Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock
With a baby on the way, and a need to make the world safe for infant-kind, an unassuming guy from West Virginia takes on what no special ops team could do: he puts to use his complete lack of experience, knowledge, and expertise to find the most wanted man on earth.
Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (2008) | Review
Looking for the World's Most Wanted Man
I suspect the real reason is that he saw the chance to make an interesting film, as he did with Super Size Me. In that film, Spurlock spent a month eating McDonald's food, seemingly putting his health at risk in the process. Here he travels to various Middle East countries, ostensibly looking for bin Laden, but really meeting the people of those countries and learning about them and noting the ways they are like us. In this, too, he seems to put his life at risk. He goes to dangerous places—including being embedded in Army units in Afghanistan.
In Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Israel and the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Spurlock talks mainly to people on the street. He visits in their homes with their families. He tries to help viewers understand the people of these countries. Often we only get to see the militant people. Spurlock shows us some of these, but most of the people we meet are very similar to us.
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