Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
Morgan Spurlock, the man who taught us that Fast Food was bad for us, is on a mission to make the world safe by finding Osama Bin Laden. Of course, his motivations are pure and the US$25 Million reward, or the financial windfall of a successful documentary are only secondary concerns.
It should be pretty much a no brainer (and therefore not a spoiler) to say that Spurlock doesn’t actually find Osama. Rather he finds out what most educated people around the world already know; that Osama (aka al-Qaeda terrorist network) is more a global brand than a singular, powerful individual. And it’s a brand that has grown exponentially since Bush launched the War on Terror.
The other no brainer that Spurlock discovers is that most Muslims don’t support Osama, or the killing of innocent people. In fact a lot of people Spurlock interviews hate Osama just as much as they hate America. It’s not just the Muslims either that have their radical sects, as Spurlock discovers to some amusement as he tries to talk to some orthodox Jews, who in turn heckle and just about try and lynch Spurlock.
Whilst it is entertaining at times, and somewhat informative, the fact that Spurlock tries to ad an edge of drama by having his partner’s impeding due date as the deadline for finding Osama, really only ends up making the viewer question just why Spurlock isn’t at home enjoying the journey to parenthood with his partner.
Also, after talking to all the moderates and extremists around the Muslim world, it would have been nice if Spurlock had interviewed a few of his own countrymen to see just how bigoted they can be as well.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: [M] Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.
Released on: May 6th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2008
Stars: Morgan Spurlock, Alexandra Jamieson
Length (Minutes): 93
Media Format: DVD
Director: Spurlock, Morgan