It was only a matter of time for the movies to start flowing in regarding the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Currently there are at least three different films out or coming out featuring this story. One is a big budget release coming in January, another gives it a zombie twist and the last is the National Geographic film Seal Team Six: the Hunt For Osama Bin Laden. There is no mystery about its premise, but this one sports a great cast featuring Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriguez, Xzibit, Robert Knepper, Eddie Kaye Thomas, William Fichtner, and Kathleen Robertson, but does capture the essence of this important moment in history?
Seal Tem Six follows the Seal Team Six as they prep for the biggest mission of their lives and the government agencies that set everything in motion to finally end the manhunt for Osama bin Laden. The format of this movie is laid out with a cross between a documentary and feature with the characters speaking to a camera doing interviews about the events leading up to the mission. The movie plays fairly well to attempt to deliver enough information on all fronts to build the tension up to the end result which we all already know. The only real issue here is that there is a lot of unnecessary drama within the Seal Team that really leads to nowhere in the bigger picture. All the cast do a fine job with their characters and bringing this even to life, but at the same time they really aren’t given a whole lot to do. The focus here was trying to be mostly on the Seal Team, but this story is more about the manhunt and everything that lead up to their mission, but here that is secondary. There seemed to be an attempt to add a bit more depth to every aspect of this story and it works fine, just seemed a bit rushed with so much content with some of it just not needed.
Knowing it was a TV movie for the National Geographic channel actually steps this film up a bit. It has great production value and cast for this sort of movie that you just wouldn’t expect. Some of the mission action sequences play more like a first person shooter game that kind of takes away from the film, but at the same time helps to take you in the action in a bit of a creative way. If you have any interest in this important event in our history and everyone should, then you should give this movie a try.